By Chad Koenen


The Otter Tail Central Bulldogs posted better-than 50 points for the second straight game as they defeated Rothsay by a score of 54-0 on Friday night. The Bulldogs jumped out to an early 48-0 lead at halftime and were able to get several reserves some extended playing time in the second half as they improved to 4-0 overall. 

The Bulldogs opened the scoring in the first quarter when Jack Mekalson scored on a 13-yard run. The Bulldogs added their second touchdown of the game just a short time later when Tyler Christensen scored on a 2-yard run, before Mason Dalluge scored on a 33-yard touchdown pass from Mekalson. 

OTC added their fourth touchdown of the quarter on a 55-yard touchdown pass from Mekalson to make the score 28-0 after the first quarter.

In the second quarter Lane Dilly scored his first of three touchdown when he found the end zone from 4-yards out. Mason Dalluge scored on a 13-yard pass from Mekalson and Dilly added his second touchdown of the quarter on a 3-yard run.

After a wild first half, OTC scored just one touchdown in the second half when Dilly scored his third touchdown of the game on a 15-yard run to make the score 54-0.

As a team, OTC outgained Rothsay by a 497 to 119 yards. Much of the work for the Bulldogs came on the ground as OTC held a 348 to 73 yard advantage. 

Dilly led the rushing attacked with 10 carries for 145 yards and 3 touchdowns. Christensen rushed 9 times for 80 yards and a touchdown. 

Mekalson went 7-10 passing for 149 yards and 3 touchdowns. 

This week the Bulldogs will travel to Ortonville to take on the Trojans. 

OTC comes into the game with a record of 4-0 and average 43.5 points per game on offense, while giving up just 10.5 points per game on defense. 

Ortonville is 0-4 and average 13.5 points per game on offense and give up 36.5 points per game on defense. Last week Ortonville forfeited their game against Border West. They also lost to Park Christian 20-6, Hillcrest 68-42 and Hancock 56-6. 


OTC- Jack Mekalson 13 Yd Run (Failed Two-Point Conversion)

OTC- Tyler Christensen 2 Yd Run (Failed Two-Point Conversion)

OTC- Mason Dalluge 33 Yd Pass From Jack Mekalson (Lane W Dilly Run For Two-Point Conversion)

OTC- 55 Yd Pass From Jack Mekalson (Chris Fronning Run For Two-Point Conversion)


OTC- Lane W Dilly 4 Yd Run (Lane W Dilly Kick No Good)

OTC- Mason Dalluge 13 Yd Pass From Jack Mekalson (Failed Two-Point Conversion)

OTC- Lane W Dilly 3 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion)


OTC- Lane W Dilly 15 Yd Run (Lane W Dilly Kick No Good)


TOTAL YARDS- OTC- 497, Rothsay- 119

PASSING YARDS- OTC 149, Rothsay- 46

RUSHING YARDS- OTC 348, Rothsay- 73

TURNOVERS- OTC 1 (1 INT), Rothsay- 2 (2 fumbles)


PASSING- Mekalson 7-10 149 yards, 3 TD

RUSHING- Dilly 10-145 3 TDs, Christensen 9-80 1 TD, Fronning 6-77, Mekalson 3-17 1 TD, Cameron 2-14, Rousu 5-12

RECEIVING- Dalluge 4-62 2 TD, Bjerke 2-32