The Otter Tail Central Bulldogs opened the Section 6A football playoffs with a 63-22 win over the Lake Park/Audubon Raiders on Tuesday night in Battle Lake. The Bulldogs scored on the first play of the game and never looked back. OTC scored 14 first quarter points followed by 28 in the second, 13 in the third and 8 in the fourth quarter. LPA scored 6 in the first, 8 in the second and 8 in the third.
The Bulldogs were led by junior running back Jake Trosdahl who had 177 yard rushing on just 11 carries and 3 touchdowns. He also had 84 yards on two kickoff returns and 58 yards on three punt returns for 319 all purpose yards. Tom Lachowitzer had 76 yards on 14 carries and 2 touchdowns. Andrew Smith carried the ball just 6 times for 39 yards and also was 2-3 throwing for 43 yards. Both of his passes were for touchdowns, one to Brock Bleichner and the other to Dan Marso.
The Bulldog touchdowns were as follows: 1) Jake Trosdahl 47 yard run with Tony Ukkelberg kicking the extra point. 2) Tom Lachowitzer 9 yard run with Tony Ukkelberg kicking the extra point. 3) Tom Lachowizter 5 yard run with Tony Ukkelberg kicking the extra point. 4) Brock Bleichner on a 28 yard pass from Andrew Smith with Tony Ukkelberg kicking the extra point. 5) Jake Trosdahl on a 5 yard run with Tony Ukkelberg kicking the extra point. 6) Dan Marso on a 15 yard pass from Andrew Smith with Tony Ukkelberg kicking the extra point. 7) Andrew Smith on a 7 yard run, the extra point failed. 8) Jake Trosdahl on a 39 yard yard with Tony Ukkelberg kicking the extra point. 9) Tony Ukkelberg on a 1 yard run with Tony Ukkelberg running for the two point conversion.
The LPA touchdowns were: 1) On a 5 yard pass with the two point conversion failing. 2) On a 42 yard pass with the two point conversion pass also good. 3) On a 13 yard run with the two point conversion run also good.
As a team the Bulldogs rushed the football 54 times for 403 yards and were 2-for-3 for 43 yards passing for a total yardage of 446 yards. LPA rushed the football 32 times for 206 yards and were 4-for-12 throwing for 68 yards for a total of 274 yards. Jake Trosdahl and Dan Marso had interceptions for the Bulldogs while Andrew Smith had a fumble recovery.
Otter Tail Central will now play the Browerville Tigers this Saturday in Browerville with the kickoff set for 6:00pm.