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Barnesville downs a depleted Osakis team

It would have been hard enough to stick with fifth-ranked Barnesville if Osakis would have been at full strength on Friday night. With as many injuries as the Silverstreaks had, it proved to be impossible.

The Trojans ran their winning streak in the Prairie Conference to 13 games with a dominant 57-0 win over a banged up Osakis team that fell to 3-2. Barnesville hasn't lost in league play since joining the Prairie Conference to start the 2011 season.

"Barnesville is a great football team," Osakis head coach Bill Infanger said. "It's two stories. It's them being really good and it's us being really banged up. We're down two fullbacks right now with Tyler [Spanswick] breaking his leg on opening night and Wyatt [Olson] with his ankle. We still got him out, so we're down to a third-string fullback. Trey [Erie] is battling an injury so we're not getting full time out of our starting tailback either. Then both of our slots that we rotate in were out tonight too. At the skill positions, we were down to second and third stringers across the board."

Infanger said he had six guys out tonight that he would have had in the starting lineup if they had been healthy. The head coach was proud of the effort he got from their replacements after they were put in a tough situation against a team that is beating teams by an average of more than 42 points per game this season.

"We had a lot of guys getting their first varsity experience tonight against the fifth-ranked team in the state," Infanger said. "The 50-0 first half, that's not how we wanted to play on offense or defense, but really proud of the effort that the guys gave in the second half. Barnesville left their starting defense in there for a long time. Even though we didn't put points on the board with our offense, we were able to drive the field and eat up the whole third quarter."

The Trojans methodically marched down the field on the opening drive of the game and got the first of two touchdowns on the night from senior fullback Jace Nosal. They needed to convert a third-and-11 and a fourth-and-eight on that drive before scoring.

From there, it was big play after big play. Senior running back Michael Strand broke off a run of almost 50 yards on the next drive for his first of three touchdowns in the game. His others came on runs of 10 and 66 yards. Nosal added a 70-yard scamper for a score before Alex Trowbridge, Connor Meyer and Josh Smith added touchdowns to finish things off.

Osakis fell to 1-2 in the Prairie North standings with the loss, while the Trojans moved to 3-0. They are tied atop the division with Upsala-Swanville Area after the Patriots improved to 5-0 overall with a 41-14 win over Wadena-Deer Creek on Friday.

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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