There have been hundreds of football games played by the Osceola Chieftain football team over the years. Obviously with that many games there are many exciting and important wins, including two State championships. On the other side of the coin there have certainly been many agonizing and gut-wrenching losses. Agonizing and gut-wrenching are only two ways of describing Osceola’s game last Friday. The Chieftains fell to Somerset when the Spartans were able to move the ball 50 yards the last two plays of the game for the tying touchdown. The PAT after time had expired provided the winning margin for Somerset
“I couldn’t be more proud of our effort and how we played as a team,” Osceola Coach Scott Newton said. “We had multiple players step up and take on new roles. We did not finish and credit goes to Somerset for making plays in the end. They had athletic backs and their quarterback did a nice job all night of extending plays.”
It was truly a game that was a shame that someone had to lose. Somerset had the edge in most statistics but Osceola stayed even with the Spartans with the help of two takeaways while the Chieftains did not turn the ball over.
“The loss definitely stings but I think we also gained confidence in how if we continue to practice with purpose and energy, those skills will transfer to the game,” Newton summarized
Osceola opened the scoring in the first quarter on a 40 yard run by Jacob Sedivy. With the PAT by Nick Carlson the Chieftains had opened up a 7-0 advantage. Somerset tied the contest in the second quarter on a one yard Jack Casey run and a PAT by Jimmy Siggens.
Osceola regained the lead at 13-7 on a one yard touchdown blast by Nick Carlson. Somerset stacked their defense all night long to try and make things tough for Carlson, the Chieftain hard charging running back, and they did. Carlson did score a pair of touchdowns but yards were hard to come by.
Somerset gained the halftime lead on a 30 yard pass from Tate Pitcher to Jackson Cook with just 26 seconds left before intermission. Pitcher than ran in a 2-point conversion to give the Spartans a 15-13 lead.
After a scoreless third period Osceola regained the lead early in the fourth quarter on Carlson’s second rushing TD of the night. He then converted a 2-point try for good measure to put the Chieftains up 21-15 with 9:06 to play.
With the score still 21-15 Somerset got the ball back with 2:19 to play on their own 30 yard line. The Spartans got to midfield in four plays, overcoming three penalties to set the stage for their dramatic win. On second down Pitcher found Jackson Cook on a 20 yard completion. Cook, who was well-covered, hung on giving SHS one shot for the tie and possibly the win with four seconds to go. Pitcher connected with Caleb Melvin as time expired. Once again Osceola had good coverage but Somerset made the play moving the score to 21-21 with the PAT pending. Siggens converted his second PAT of the night sending the Spartan team into a celebration of delirium.
“Anyone of us wish we could have a redo on the last play,” Osceola senior Ben Neumann said. “But we have to remember we win as a team and lose as a team. We will need to keep making adjustments and work hard as a team to prepare for Prescott this week.”
Prescott is coming off of a non-conference win against Altoona and will be a challenge for the Chieftains. It will be difficult to forget the loss to Somerset but the team needs to move forward.
“The focus moves to Prescott,” Newton said. “We will see an option based team with good size up front. They will be athletic defensively. We will need to focus on the same concepts and trust each other to get the job done.”