Written by John Kuhens on August 29, 2015

The Mt. Pleasant Panther football team ran out of gas Friday night.  It wasn’t on the team bus, it was on their home field against the Ottumwa Bulldogs who had just enough fuel in their tanks to take home a 20-10 win over M.P.   The Bulldogs hit 2-22 yard field goals in the 1st quarter to lead 6-0 after one period.  Mt. Pleasant tacked up a touchdown when Pat Canby caught a 51 yard scoring pass from Joe Hess and Korte Maddy added the P.A.T. to take the Panthers into the locker room with a 7-6 lead.  In the 3rd quarter Korte Maddy booted a 37 yard field goal to increase the Panther lead to 10-6.  But then M.P. went on “E” and Ottumwa took advantage of it.  Leg cramps and fatigue set in for the home team and Ottumwa then powered in 2 running touchdowns to grab the win.  Looking at statistics:  Joe Hess hit 9 of 20 passes for 130 yards with a touchdown but had 4 interceptions.  Pat Canby rushed for 43 yards on 11 carries.  He also caught 1 pass for 51 yards, Brock Wilson caught 2 passes for 35 yards.  Team stats has Ottumwa with 22 1st downs and M.P. 7, Ottumwa rushed for 273 yards M.P had 39 net yards.  Total offense was in favor of Ottumwa 402 yards to 130.  The Bulldogs had a 10 minute advantage on the time of possession.

The MPHS freshman team blanked Ottumwa 21-0.  Touchdowns scored by Zach Beason on a 5 yard fumble recovery, Rhett Zeglen on an 8 yard pass from Beason and Avante Henle won an 82 yard run.  David Blanca added all the point afters.  Defensively James DeMeyer, Bryce Anderson, Parker Baugh, Tucker Johnson and Tate Shull were the leaders.

Next Friday night Mt. Pleasant plays at Mediapolis, the Bulldogs went to Camanche Friday night and won 28-19.

OTHER AREA SCORES:  Davenport Central 27 Burlington 8, Fairfield 40 Davis County 8, West Burlington-Notre Dame 49 Ft. Madison 14, Central Lee 27 Keokuk 0, Pella 42 Washington 24, Wapello 41 New London 14, Columbus Community 43 Waco 38, WMU at Marengo Iowa Valley PP till 3 p.m. Saturday because of rain.

New head volleyball coach at MPHS Dave Streeter is taking his team to Afton today for their season opener.  The Panthers will play in a tournament.  Their 1st round opponent is Chariton in a 9:30 a.m. match.  He says his team is ready for outside competition.

The track at Maple Leaf Athletic Complex will be resurfaced beginning next Monday the 31st.  Walkers and runners are reminded that from Monday, August 31st, until Thursday, September 10th the track will be closed.