Charest leads Bulldogs past Wolverines
Marty Charest ran for three touchdowns and passed for another Friday night as Otter Tail Central defeated Wadena-Deer Creek 35-6 in Henning.
The Bulldogs held WDC running back Logan Meyer to 57 yards on 15 attempts after he opened the season by logging 175 yards. Meyer scored WDC's lone touchdown with 24 seconds left on the clock after a 32-yard pass from Evan VanErp to Matt Laughlin brought the ball down to OTC's eight.
The Wolverines played shutout football in the first quarter for the second straight game. Wyatt Weber came up with a fumble to stop OTC's first drive at WDC's 15. On the answering drive, the Wolverines took the risky step of going for it on fourth and three from their own 41 and Alex Ukkelberg sacked VanErp.
"I thought we played real well for 16 minutes," WDC Head Coach Tom VanErp said. "They've got a good team and we had a couple of mistakes and gave them a short field."
The Bulldogs then pulled off two fourth down plays in a 10-play drive. Charest went over from the three on the first play of the second quarter for OTC's first touchdown.
The Bulldogs struck quickly when they came up with the ball again. Charest found Dan Marso open on a 38-yard touchdown fling.
A 12-yard scamper by Charest capped the first half scoring.
After a scoreless third quarter between the two clubs, Tom Lachowitzer bulled over from the one. Charest wrapped up OTC's scoring with an 11-yard jaunt.
Charest had 73 yards on 17 attempts while Andrew Smith tacked up 53 yards on five attempts. Aaron Butler picked off two passes for OTC.
The Wolverines host Long Prairie-Grey Eagle in a 7 p.m. Homecoming game Sept. 23.
OTC 35, WDC 6
WDC 0 0 0 6 -- 6
OTC 0 19 0 16 -- 35
WDC: Logan Meyer 1 run (PAT failed)
OTC: Marty Charest 3 yd run (PAT Alex Ukkelberg kick), Dan Marso 38 yd pass from Charest (PAT failed), Charest 12 yd run (PAT failed), Tom Lachowitzer 1 yd run (PAT Charest run), Charest 11 yd run (PAT Andrew Smith run)
First Downs 6 12
Yds Rushing 67 126
Yds Passing 58 102
Total Yards 125 228
Passes 3-16 5-9
Intercepted By 1 2
Fumbles Lost 0 1
Penalties 9-50 4-41