Ottawa Turnovers helped Ottawa defeat Kansas City Sumner, 21-0, on Friday night.
Forcing turnovers, then capitalizing on them was the key for Ottawa in its 21-0 victory over Kansas City Sumner on Friday night.
A crowd of about 700 saw the Cyclones (2-3) cause two turnovers, while their offense showed off an impressive passing scheme.
``There was some hard hitting out there tonight,'' Ottawa coach Ron Mann said. ``I thing it was our best defensive game of the year.''
The biggest hit was delivered by Ottawa's Chris Berr in the third quarter with the Cyclones holding a 7-0 lead. Berr tagged Sumner running back Brian Garvey, jarring the ball loose. Cory Fuller picked it up and darted 63 yards for the score.
``The hit felt good,'' Berr said. ``After this game, our defense is ready. Our offense is getting there.''
It was clear from the onset that for Ottawa to win, it had to stop the Sabres on the ground. KC Sumner was lacking in the passing department with only 17 total yards in the air, and quarterback Norvan Daniel completed just 2 of 10 attempts.
``Their running back, Garvey, is a fine back,'' Mann said. ``He's tough. We knew we had to stop him. And we knew they were going to load up.''
The Sabres were dominant on the ground in the first quarter with running backs Garvey and Brian Bounds. KC Sumner rushed for 49 yards on its first possession, taking the ball to the Ottawa 44-yard line, but had to punt after Garvey was stopped by a hard-hitting Cyclone defense.
After the Sabres' first two possessions, they had 105 yards rushing. Then the Cyclones' passing prowess took over.
Quarterback Scott Mavity went to work at the Ottawa 21-yard line with four minutes left before halftime. He connected on five consecutive passes for 56 yards, including a nifty shovel pass to Gary Erisman for the Cyclones' first touchdown to make the score, 7-0. Mavity ended 9-for-13 for 150 yards passing but threw one interception.
The second half was more of the same as Ottawa's rushing game started to move the ball and eat up the clock.
``Offensively, we did some good things,'' Mann said, despite that the Cyclones rushed for only 61 yards in the second half and 97 total. ``I'm still a little disappointed in our running game. I think we're a better running team than that.''
It was the defense that did the trick late, coming up with two key sacks on Daniel that seemed to end any chance for Sumner's comeback.
Ottawa 21, KC Sumner 0
KC Sumner Academy 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Ottawa 0 7 7 7 -- 21
O -- Gary Erisman 8 pass from Scott Mavity (Greg Philippin kick)
O -- Corey Fuller 63 fumble recovery (Philippin kick)
O -- Fuller 17 pass from Mavity (Philippin kick)