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Trojans run past depleted Osakis team

Osakis’ Nils Hagen closed in on Barnesville quarterback Kyler Martz as Martz rolled out to the right sideline on Friday night. (Echo Press photo by Eric Morken)

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.

“The reality is these guys have been in our conference now for three years and nobody has beat them,” Osakis head coach Bill Infanger said. “The closest anybody has been to them I think is two touchdowns at the end of a game. That’s in three years. You want to come in and beat these guys, you really have to be at your strongest and you have to play your best football game, and that’s a lot to ask for five or six guys who are getting their first varsity experience.

Infanger said he had six guys out Friday night 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.

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. The Trojans went on to score 50 points before the break.

It was big play after big play after that opening series. 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.

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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