The Huskies are heating up


Sevy Enter

Captains Drew Kretlow and Mikah Elstad lead the Huskies to the field.

Ty Svenby, Writer

The Owatonna Huskies Football Team is impressive once again starting their season with a 4-2 record. They started the season with some unfortunate moments but have started to look like the typical, dominant Owatonna football teams of the recent past.

In the first game of the season, the team lost to the Rochester Mayo Spartans in a heartbreaking fashion with quarterback Jacob Ginskey leaving the game late into the fourth quarter due to an ankle injury. Multiple other Huskies cramped up in between plays too. After that loss, the Huskies went on to shut out the Rochester Century Panthers at Century with the weather not being cooperative. The next week, the Huskies played the top ranked Mankato West Scarlets. A blowout loss to the Scarlets revealed what the Huskies need to clean up on and get better at. Fast forward a week and the Huskies got a commanding win against the Austin Packers. 

While starting hot right out the gate, they slowed down in the second half but still pulled out a victory. The Homecoming game last week was a thriller for everyone, and the Huskies pulled it out in a battle that went back and forth and ended up winning 21-19. Last week, the Huskies destroyed the Rochester John Marshall Rockets and moved their record to 4-2.

After winning their last three games, the Huskies are on a roll. Head Coach Jeff Williams said, ”We had a couple of real tests in the first couple of weeks and you know there’s something to be said for finding out, you know real early kind of where you stack up.” The Huskies are more than just a football team, they have heart and a major part of the program is growing into good young men. Coach Williams is proud of many things about this team but one thing that stands out is their competitiveness. Williams said,” I think we’ve been competitive, we hit hard, our kids fight hard, and we all aren’t giving up on plays.” That’s a big honor coming from a coach who has won basically every award known in football.

Senior Captain Drew Kretlow is having a wonderful start to the season, leading the team in total tackles. Kretlow says,”It’s going well, we’re improving in practice everyday and looking for a good opportunity to make a run at the end of the season.” The Huskies are looking forward to wrapping up the regular season and bringing their momentum into the section tournament. 

The Huskies next game is against the New Prague Trojans on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at Owatonna High School.