The Onamia Panthers football team, which had not won a game since September of 2015, found a reason to celebrate on Sept. 6 after beating Bigfork, 34-20, in their second game of the season.
The Panthers lost their first game to Silver Bay on Aug. 29.
“We played well on offense all game long, but we were not able to finish our drives. Between penalties and fumbles we stopped ourselves; otherwise, I think we would have had two or three more touchdowns.”
Those were the words of the Onamia Panthers’ head football coach Austin Hackett, following his teams’ 61-16 road loss to Silver Bay in the opening game of the 2019 season on Aug. 29.
Down 40-0 by half-time, Onamia scored their two touchdowns during running time of the fourth period – getting one score on a 3-yard run by Brady Husom and the other TD on a 65-yard scoring pass to end Josh Parrow.
Onamia finished the game with 248 total yards, including 180 yards on the ground.
Onamia 0 0 0 16 16
Silver Bay 24 16 21 0 61
If there was a team the Onamia Panthers felt they had a chance to beat to put an end to a losing streak that went back nearly 3 1/2 seasons, it was going to be the Bigfork Huskies whom they welcomed to Burggraff Field on Sept. 6.
The Huskies came to Onamia with just two seniors and four juniors on their squad and Onamia took advantage of Bigfork’s youth on the way to the a 34-20 win.
The night did not have the look of a winning time for the Panthers, when the Huskies took the opening drive 89 yards to the end zone on 13 plays to go up, 6-0.
But that lead turned out be the last one for the visitors. Onamia went on to score touchdowns on their following three straight possessions of the first half to lead 22-6 by intermission.
The Panthers score was on a 67-yard drive highlighted by big pass plays to AJ Drift and Josh Parrow.
Onamia’s second touchdown was set up by a nifty 31-yard run by Parrow to the Bigfork two yard-line where quarterback Noah Rohloff ran it in for the TD.
The Huskies fumbled the ball away on their own 36-yard line on their next possession, and the Panthers took advantage of the break and eventually ran an 11-yard reverse to Cayden Eagle for Onamia’s third touchdown of the first half.
Following a muffed punt on Bigfork’s first possession of the second half, Onamia took over on the Huskies 30-yard line and ran a 23-yard reverse to Parrow to the 3-yard line where they punched it in to go up 28-6.
In all, Onamia had the ball 10 times on offense, where they scored five touchdowns, punted three times, fumbled one away and lost the ball on downs once.
Bigfork had the ball 10 times, scored three touchdowns, punted three times, fumbled the ball away once and had lost the ball to interceptions three times.
Onamia finished the game with 270 total yards of offense, including 197 on the ground. Bigfork had 368 total yards of offense, with 214 rushing yards.
Bigfork 6 0 6 8 20
Onamia 8 14 6 6 34