Football: ACGC halts Osakis ahead of homecoming
The Osakis football team ran into a stingy defense on Friday night as Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City defended its home field with a 14-0 win in the Mid State (Sub 2) District.
The Falcons (3-1, 2-1 district) allow just 12.8 points per game, good for third best in the district behind BOLD (9.0 PPG) and Minnewaska Area (10.8 PPG).
Osakis (2-2, 1-2 district) couldn't get things going against ACGC as the Silverstreaks were shut out for the first time this season.
"ACGC controlled the line of scrimmage and really limited our run game," Osakis head coach Bill Infanger said. "We did not get the explosive runs of 20 yards or more that we are accustomed to. Also, a lot of the credit goes to their offense. Even when we were able to stop them from scoring they were able to eat up yardage and time and flip the field on us, forcing us to go the distance for points. Only one drive on the night started on their side of the 50."
Osakis was pretty good defensively itself. Triston Stoetzel had a team-high 13 tackles. Logan Hartshorn added 11 and Jeran Baker finished with eight takedowns from the nose guard position. The Falcons' only scoring plays came on two long runs that proved to be enough on their first and last possessions of the night.
"I thought our young team matched the physicality of ACGC for most of the night," Infanger said. "We just could not get an explosive play from our offense. You have to tip your hat to the ACGC defense. They were able to get us off the field. I felt like we had some solid scoring opportunities on drives into their territory that we just weren't able to finish."
Osakis had three first downs on its opening drive that ended in an interception when the running back slipped on a screen play as an ACGC defensive lineman stepped in front of the throw. Another Osakis drive stalled inside the Falcons' 20-yard line and resulted in a missed field goal. The Silverstreaks had one last effort before a fumble lost late in the fourth quarter sealed their fate.
"We are a young team going through some growing pains and Friday night was tough but was also a great experience for us," Infanger said. "I feel for much of the game we matched their physicality and that experience will help us grow as a team."
Daniel Savageau and John Lara shared quarterbacking duties and both finished 1-for-6. Luke Imdieke led the Osakis ground game with 47 yards on 16 carries.
The Silverstreaks will turn the page and focus on their homecoming game against Sauk Centre this Friday night at 7. The Mainstreeters are 2-2 after beating Montevideo 31-14 and Benson 34-14. Their losses came in a 22-15 contest against Royalton and a 40-7 loss to an undefeated BOLD team.
"We need to move past ACGC and get back to work and focus on Sauk Centre," Infanger said. "They will bring a big, physical football team to town on Friday and will surely try to use their size advantage to control the game. But I love our team and the guys we have will come out ready to play and give us a great chance to win. It's going to be a fun week."
ACGC 14, OSAKIS 0
OSAKIS OFFENSIVE LEADERS - Passing - Daniel Savageau - 1-6, 6 yards; John Lara - 1-6, 24 yards; Rushing - Luke Imdieke - 16-47; Colton Waldvogel - 10-27; Jacob Backes - 3-16; Triston Stoetzel - 6-33; Savageau - 1-6; Jarrett Seela - 3-9
OSAKIS DEFENSIVE LEADERS - Stoetzel - 13 tackles; Logan Hartshorn - 11 tackles; Jeran Baker - 8 tackles