Eldon came into their Friday matchup on the road against rival Osage needing a win to end the regular season with a winning balance. On the other side, Osage came into the game looking to end the season on a high note sitting just 2-6. Through ball hawking defense and a steady offensive attack, Eldon were able to pull out the victory with a score of 31-12.

Eldon came into their Friday matchup on the road against rival Osage needing a win to end the regular season with a winning balance. On the other side, Osage came into the game looking to end the season on a high note sitting just 2-6. Through ball hawking defense and a steady offensive attack, Eldon were able to pull out the victory with a score of 31-12.

The opening quarter went by extremely hastily as both teams opened their offense efforts with a heavy rush attack. Both teams traded punts before Eldon put together a drive that looked like a promising opening to the scoring for the night. However, they would be stopped at the 1-yard line and turned the ball over on downs. It looked like Osage was finding enough answers to keep things even, as the first quarter concluded with a score of 0-0.

However, Eldon made their statement quickly as quarterback Dawson Brandt took the ball into the endzone himself just three minutes into the second quarter to make the score 7-0. Osage began their drive with promise, but would end up following the touchdown with a fumble which would give the ball back to Eldon. This was a factor throughout the night, as Eldon’s defense would end the night with multiple interceptions and fumble recoveries.

Before the first half concluded, Eldon would find the endzone a second time on the rushing attack of Brandt yet again. Teams would head into the locker rooms with a score of 14-0. It looked like Osage’s offense had no rhythm to put together any sort of a problem for the Eldon defense.

Coming out of the gates to the second half, Osage changed the narrative and mixed passing and rushing attack together to finally break open their scoring. A touchdown and missed PAT would cut the score to 14-6. This score would not last long, though, as Eldon would respond with a touchdown of their own and push the score back to 21-6.

This was the moment Osage needed to make their own response and cut the score back to a single score game. Instead, following the Eldon touchdown, Osage would fumble the kickoff and give the ball right back to Eldon. They would take the great field position and score again, extending the lead to 28-6. With the gap widening, Osage showed their determination and as the final seconds of the third quarter expired, they would respond with a big 22-yard passing touchdown and cut the score again to 28-12.

The fourth quarter saw Eldon rushing almost exclusively to cut time and get the game rolling. They would not score another touchdown, though would kick a field goal making the score 31-12. This would end up being the final, as Osage would not be able to find any scoring success throughout the entire quarter.

Following the victory, Eldon coach Chad Hult said that he was happy for the team to be able to end the year on a high note and go into the playoffs with a winning record. He acknowledged that of course each of the first nine games mean something, but the way a team is able to build towards week 10 is pivotal.

“It’s nice to come out on top at the end and move positively into week 10,” Hult said.

Hult said that, even though they were playing freshmen in a few positions, the team played well as a whole unit throughout the match up. He says that he felt more confidence in this match up than he had felt in games prior and hopes that translates further. Of course, he also mentioned that beating a hometown rival is something to be proud of.

“We finally got a full team effort and I thought the defense shined,” Hult said. “Now, it’s time for us to evaluate what we will have ready next week.”

Eldon finished their regular season with a 5-4 record, while the Osage Indians ended their season with a 2-7 overall record. Both teams will head into the playoffs next Friday hoping to stay alive and move forward.