Make it a 2-0 start for the Ottumwa High football team, after the Bulldogs ran all over Mount Pleasant 46-3 on the road at Bob Evans Field. The Panthers fall to 0-2 on the season.
Isaiah Cox once again led the way for OHS, carrying the ball 11 times for 114 yards. The sophomore scored three touchdowns, on runs of 14, 10 and 27 yards, giving him five rushing scores in his first two games.
Quarterback Shane Frazier had a much-improved night in the passing game, completing 11 of 17 passes for 151 yards. Frazier went just 1-of-6 in the season opener, but he converted several key third downs with timely throws, including a six-yard TD pass to Kyle Lundy in the second quarter.
Senior wideout Zach Bowling didn’t catch a touchdown, but he still had a career night, grabbing seven passes for 121 yards. Bowling had two receptions that went for over 30 yards, and two of his catches came on balls that were tipped by the Mount Pleasant defense.
Speaking of defense, the Bulldog defenders came within a late field goal of posting a shutout. Mount Pleasant only had two first downs in the first half, and did not run a play in Ottumwa territory until the fourth quarter. The Panthers were able to score with less than two minutes to play after recovering a bad Ottumwa snap at the ten-yard line, but only managed a field goal after three plays produced -5 yards against the Bulldog 3rd-string defenders.
After beginning the season against a pair of Class 3A opponents, Ottumwa plays its first 4A foe of the season next Friday night, when they travel to the capitol city to take on old rival Des Moines East.