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Football: Streaks drop homecoming game against Streeters

Joshua Peterka (7) sheds a tackle in the game against Sauk Centre. (Emily Myrin | Echo Press)1 / 3
Brandon Hetland makes a tackle against Sauk Centre in the Osakis homecoming game. (Emily Myrin | Echo Press)2 / 3
Logan Hartshorn (51) and Jacob Wielenberg (63) get psyched-up when the Osakis starting lineup is announced. (Emily Myrin | Echo Press)3 / 3

The Osakis football team dropped their homecoming game against Sauk Centre in a Mid State (Sub 2) District matchup in Osakis on Friday night in a 28-14 final.

“We expected to play a team that was a lot bigger than us but we knew we were faster,” senior Josh Peterka said. “It was just a matter of who would work harder throughout the entire game. We were hoping that if we kept our heads in it, kept our heads up then we’d be the ones coming out on top. Things just didn’t go our way.”

The Mainstreeters were the first ones on the scoreboard after they intercepted a pass that set Cade Neubert up for a short touchdown run with 7:03 left in the first quarter.

Early in the second quarter, the Mainstreeters had another big run. This time, Dylan Haskamp broke free for a 74-yard touchdown run that gave Sauk Centre all the early momentum.

“Our young football team, I think it took them a little bit of time to adjust to their size and physicality,” Silverstreaks head coach Bill Infanger said. “I’m really proud of the guys and the way they rallied and played defense the rest of the game after the way the first quarter started and those first two big drives for Sauk Centre.”

Senior fullback Colton Waldvogel was the first to get the Streaks on the board. With 5:48 left in the half, Waldvogel made a four yard run into the end zone and Osakis got the extra point off a successful kick.

Haskamp responded with just 1:51 left in the half with another touchdown. Sauk Centre successfully got the two point conversion, and it was a 20-7 Mainstreeters lead at the half.

The Streaks brought it to a one touchdown game in the third. Quarterback Jonathan Lara made a connection from the six yard line with Peterka who lept for the ball in the end zone. The kick was successful to make it 20-14.

“When we came out and stopped them in the third quarter, right out of the halftime and then drove the field ourselves and put a score on the board and got it to within one score, I felt like we had something going there,” Infanger said.

“Right after halftime, I think we came out to a good start,” Waldvogel said. “We had a couple of penalties and some things not go our way. That kind of changed the momentum in the second half.”

Osakis had 12 penalties during the game compared to the Streeters’ two. These aren’t new mistakes for the Streaks either, said Infanger. Making mental mistakes and racking up penalties have haunted the Silverstreaks the whole season.

“It’s just the little things that a young football teams gotta learn. We gotta stop shooting ourselves in the foot and play a clean game,” Infanger said. “Because nothing’s going to be easy for a team that’s young and undersized like this. We have to play a very clean game in order to get a win.”

Sauk Centre’s Haskamp got the final touchdown of the night with a successful two point conversion run by Royal Weber, making the final score 28-14.

The loss drops Osakis to 2-3 overall and to 1-3 in district play.

The Streaks face a similar team next week when they head to Morris. The Tigers fell to 2-3 on Friday night after falling 35-7 at Minnewaska.   

“They’re going to be big and we just can’t have the same kind of mental mistakes and the penalties against us,” Waldvogel said. “We need to stay in the game, the whole time.”

Game time is set for 7 p.m. at the University of Minnesota-Morris field.