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Osakis wins homecoming game 20-12

Trey Erie finds an opening last Friday night against Wadena-Deer Creek. Erie scored two touchdowns in a 20-12 win on homecoming. (Echo Press photo by Blaze Fugina)

Two touchdowns by Trey Erie helped the Osakis football team pick up a 20-12 homecoming win over Wadena-Deer Creek last Friday night.

Erie scored rushing touchdowns in the second and fourth quarter, and Ryan Engfer also scored on a second quarter run to lead the Silverstreaks to their third win this season.

The Silverstreaks had other chances to score near the goal line, but two fumbles and a fourth-down quarterback sneak that was ruled unsuccessful did not help them put the game away. Head coach Bill Infanger said Wadena-Deer Creek fought hard to stay in the game and make them battle for the win.

“I feel great about the offense moving the ball, but there were three times we had the ball inside the 10, first and goal, and we couldn’t put it in,” Infanger said.

After his two-touchdown performance on Friday night, Erie said the Silverstreaks felt they should have scored more points and put Wadena-Deer Creek away earlier.

“Overall, we didn’t play as well as we could,” Erie said. “This game could have been done in the first half. But we kept our heads in it and we had a good fight in the fourth quarter, but it should have been over a long time ago.”

Infanger felt the defense played well against Wadena-Deer Creek. The Silverstreaks were able to stay disciplined on most plays against a team that uses multiple ball carriers to create confusion.

“Anytime the defense can keep the other team under 14 points, that’s all you can ask of a defense,” Infanger said. “Especially against an offense that runs so much counters and misdirections as Wadena does. You never know where that ball is going.”

The win over Wadena-Deer Creek helped Osakis improve to 3-1 this season, which puts them in a tie for third place with United North Central in the Prairie Conference North Division. Infanger feels the team’s ability to play through multiple injuries has helped them continue winning this season.

“It feels great to be 3-1 right now considering the injuries that we’ve had and the hurdles this team has had to go over,” Infanger said. “It’s rewarding to be at 3-1 because every week it seems like we’re putting a new guy into a position.”

One player who was able to return to the lineup this week was starting quarterback Brandon Giesler. But the team has lost two starting fullbacks as Tyler Spanswick broke his leg in the first game of the season and Wyatt Olson is out with an ankle sprain.

“We’re down to a third-string fullback in a wing-T offense,” Infanger said. “Your fullback is a real important part of that.”

But the Silverstreaks’ reserve players were able to step in and fill the void well enough for the victory over Wadena-Deer Creek. One player who impressed Infanger was Engfer, who started his first-ever game at fullback last Friday and picked up around 100-yards rushing.

“For his first game starting at fullback, that’s a big game,” Infanger said. “We’re proud of the effort he put out there tonight.”

When asked about his touchdown on Friday, Engfer was appreciative for the blocks his team members were able to provide.

“It felt pretty great,” Engfer said. “If it wasn’t for our line, I wouldn’t have scored that. Overall, it was about the line. They were the ones who led me in for the touchdown.”

The schedule does not get any easier for the Silverstreaks, who this Friday will play a 4-0 Barnesville team at home. The Trojans were ranked the fourth-ranked Class AA team in Minnesota by the Associated Press in their September 18 rankings.

“We’re going to give them everything we can,” Infanger said. “We’re going to see who we’ve actually got healthy on Monday and we’re going to try to put together a game plan.”

Blaze Fugina

Blaze Fugina is the sports editor of the Woodbury and South Washington County Bulletin newspapers. Previously, Blaze worked as a sports editor for the Pierce County Herald and a sports reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.

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