OTIS — After four weeks of play, senior tailback Dylan Wissman looked to be the sole driver of the Otis-Bison High School football team’s offense.
On Friday night, quarterback Kole Urban put up the same numbers as Wissman in a 50-34 Eight-Man shootout victory over Dighton.
“It was a back and forth game,” Otis-Bison head coach Travis Starr said. “They came ready to play, and I think we did, too. They came out and hit us with some big plays, and we hit them with big plays. It was back and forth battle between two pretty solid teams.”
Urban finished with a team-leading 160 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. He also threw for a touchdown.
“He made some good plays,” Starr said of Urban. “He’s been making some good reads, a lot of those plays were read plays.
“He’s playing well. He’s playing a real good ball game. He’s getting better. It’s his first year playing quarterback, so every game we’re seeing improvement out of him.”
Dighton scored early on, with a 9-yard scamper to the end zone by quarterback Ryan Kuhlman.
Kuhlman gave the Cougars defense trouble, eluding tackles all night.
“We didn’t tackle very good on defense the whole game,” Starr said. “We just didn’t wrap up and get the guy on the ground. He kept getting extra yards, breaking big plays on us. We’ve got to do a better job next week of wrapping up.”
Kuhlman scored twice in the first quarter, the second on a 65-yard kickoff return. He finished with four TDs.
Wissman scored the first of his four touchdowns in the first quarter, a 1-yard score.
The Cougars (4-1) took hold of the game in the second quarter, scoring three unanswered touchdowns.
Wissman scored on 10- and 30-yard rushes, and Urban dropped an 8-yard toss into the hands of tight end Tyler Maier.
With a 16-point cushion, Otis-Bison traded scores with Dighton in the second half.
Urban cruised to 48- and 18-yard scores, and Wissman rushed for a 4-yard TD.
Wissman finished with 150 rushing yards.
“He ran hard,” Starr said. “He got banged up, but he played extremely hard, and our line blocked well for him. It’s a team effort.”
Otis-Bison hosts Victoria this Friday night.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Otis-Bison 50, Dighton 34
1 2 3 4 F
Dighton 12 0 14 8 — 34
Otis-Bison 6 22 6 16 — 50
Dighton — Ryan Kuhlman 9 run (run failed), 9:14.
Otis-Bison — Dylan Wissman 1 run (run failed), 1:50.
Dighton — Kuhlman 65 kickoff return (run failed), 1:37.
Otis-Bison — Wissman 10 run (Wissman run), 5:09.
Otis-Bison — Wissman 30 run (run failed), 2:46.
Otis-Bison — Tyler Maier 8 pass from Kole Urban (Wissman pass from Urban), :00.
Dighton — Isaac Alinor 3 run (Trevor Bollinger pass from Kuhlman), 6:00.
Otis-Bison — Urban 48 run (run failed), 5:48.
Dighton — Kuhlman 27 pass from Alinor (pass failed), 3:48.
Otis-Bison — Urban 18 run (Maier pass from Urban), 11:38.
Dighton — Kuhlman 13 run (Kuhlman run), 8:36.
Otis-Bison — Wissman 4 run (Wissman run), 2:04.