Westminster bound Wyatt Ellis

Will Johnson

Causing nightmares for area defensive coordinators for the last four years, 2018 Owensville High School graduate Wyatt Ellis will look to do the same thing for the next four years in a Westminster College (WC) Blue Jay uniform in Fulton.

During his four years at the helm of the Dutchmen offense, Ellis put up monster numbers both in the air and on the ground.

Passing for 7,808 yards and rushing for 4,014, Wyatt’s season high through the air came as a junior with 2,421 passing yards. His season high on the ground occurred during his senior season piling up 1,892 rushing yards on 208 carries. This was good for 9.1 yards per carry.

Fittingly enough, Ellis saved his best for last.

During their 70-53 loss to Eldon in the MSHSAA Class 3, District 3 title game last fall, Wyatt threw for a career high 496 yards and four touchdowns.

He also tossed four touchdowns passes on four occasions during his junior season in games against Pacific, Sullivan, Buffalo and against Eldon in the district championship game at Dutchmen Field.

Ellis’ career high on the ground also came during his senior season as part of a state-record breaking performance.

Rushing for a new school record 384 yards against Pacific, Wyatt broke Jason Kottwitz’s previous single-game mark of 339 yards back in October of 2010.

Accounting for just over half of OHS’ team rushing total, Ellis helped Owensville set a new state record for rushing yards in a game with 712 yards.

That total surpassed Hermann’s 707 yards rushing as a team against Union just two years earlier.

Not only did Ellis start at quarterback for four years, he also shared punting duty for three years averaging just over 40 yards a boot with his longest being 52 yards during his junior season.

During Owensville’s 64-20 victory over Cuba in Ellis’ junior season, Wyatt nearly tied a state record returning kickoffs.

Returning the opening kickoff of the second half 75 yards for a touchdown, Ellis struck again on the very next kickoff.

Returning that one 94 yards to the house, Wyatt became the fourth football player in MSHSAA football history to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same game.

“Wyatt is an extremely gifted athlete and I look for him to do great things at the next level at Westminster,” Dutchmen head football coach Dale Long said.

As a sophomore, Ellis’ season-high through the air came in a 32-14 win over Union with 324 yards passing.

Twice as a sophomore, Wyatt threw for a season-high three touchdowns against a pair of Interstate 44 opponents in Cuba and St. James.

Giving Ellis some company as former Dutchmen football players at Westminster this fall will be OHS 2017 graduate Logan Decker along with Matt Amptman and Robert Weirich