Football: Osakis falls in final regular gameThe Silverstreaks could not overcome a host of injuries in a 35-7 loss to Browerville
By: Eric Morken, Alexandria Echo Press
The Osakis football team has been hit hard by injuries down the stretch of this season and it came at the worst possible time.
The Silverstreaks knew their toughest three games would be in the final three weeks against Upsala-Swanville Area, Barnesville and Browerville. Those three teams ended the regular season with a combined record of 21-3, with all three earning wins over Osakis after Browerville handed the Silverstreaks a 35-7 loss last Wednesday night.
“We have been plagued by injuries at key positions,” head coach Bill Infanger said. “The last three weeks have been hard on our team. We have a lot of players getting their first taste of varsity experience, and it’s happening during the most difficult three-game stretch on our schedule.”
Infanger said the team has lost five of its original starters since halftime of the team’s homecoming game against Wadena-Deer Creek in week five.
“We’re working hard with the guys that are coming in,” he said. “And they are showing improvement each week. The upside is that we have young players who otherwise wouldn’t gain the valuable experience that they are now getting against good teams like USA, Browerville and Barnesville.”
Browerville wrapped up its season with six straight wins by controlling the ball through much of the night against Osakis. The Tigers didn’t have to punt in the first half as they built a lead and never looked back.
“Browerville was a physical team, and we just couldn’t get their offense off the field on third down,” Infanger said. “We did not force a punt until late in the third quarter. That was the difference in this game. They were able to control the clock and the tempo of the game with their offense.”
Hunter Johnson led the Osakis offense with 88 yards on 16 carries. He scored the team’s only touchdown on a 38-yard run in the first quarter. Sophomore Wyatt Olson added 23 yards on six carries and senior captain Brian Thorstad finished with seven yards on four attempts before he had to leave the game with an injury on the team’s second drive of the night.
The Silverstreaks finished the regular season with a 4-4 record and earned the No. 5 seed in the Section 6AA playoffs. They were scheduled to be in Swanville last night, Tuesday, as they tried to avenge a 37-14 loss they suffered to the Patriots on October 5.