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Kilfoyle-Steward, LPGE drop Osakis to 3-4

The Osakis football team hadn't seen Long Prairie-Grey Eagle's Cody Kilfoyle-Steward on tape at all this season because he hadn't played.

They didn't know he was going to play tonight, either, but it didn't take long for the tailback and linebacker to make it known he was on the field. Kilfoyle-Steward ran his way to three touchdowns and came up with some key defensive stops as well on his way to leading LPGE to an 18-12 win in Osakis on Friday night.

"He was a surprise because he hasn't played all year," Osakis head coach Bill Infanger said. "I don't know if he's been out because of injury or suspension or what, but he played last year and we haven't seen him on film all year. We had no idea he was going to play. He's a very good football player. To me, it looked like they got their best player back tonight."

Junior fullback Wyatt Olson scored each of Osakis' two touchdowns as he punched one in from a yard out with 19 seconds left in the first half and again in the third quarter. Both those touchdowns tied the game.

"It's fun," Olson said of being the back who is called upon to get those tough yards. "I wish I could have done more to get the win, but it's fun to do that. It's nice to see that blocking in front of me. They made some great holes."

The Thunder had an answer for every Olson score on Friday. Long Prairie scored on its first drive of the second half to take a 12-6 lead on a 25-yard run down the left sideline by Kilfoyle-Steward. Osakis tied it at 12 apiece with Olson's second touchdown, but once again Kilfoyle-Steward answered. This time he scored from eight yards out with 3:11 left int he game as he dragged a couple defenders into the end zone with him after they met him near the two-yard line.

That proved to be the game winner. The Silverstreaks' best chance to tie the game came when they got the ball down to the LPGE 30-yard line midway through the fourth quarter. Osakis was forced to go for it on a fourth-and-five. Kilfoyle-Steward made his presence known on defense this time as he sacked Brandon Giesler to get the ball back for the Thunder. Osakis' next two drives ended in turnovers as Sam Ecker and Preston Pung got interceptions to seal the game once the Silverstreaks were forced to throw.

It's a win that moved LPGE to 2-5 overall and dropped Osakis to 3-4.

"I think this was a game that we all believed we should get on our home field," Infanger said. "We felt like we had a good game plan and there were a lot of times that we executed the game plan tonight, but there were just a few plays where we felt like it was there for us and we just didn't take advantage of it tonight. It's tough and guys are going to be frustrated with themselves and as coaches, we're frustrated with it, but that's part of life. Football isn't just about winning and losing. It's about how you deal with adversity, so we're going to come back on Monday and prepare for KMS and try to get this team to 4-4, which considering all we've been through this year, is still an accomplishment."

Osakis has dealt with a lot of injuries this season and many of those guys were back on the field tonight despite still being a little banged up. The Silverstreaks hope a few more days will allow those guys to get even healthier before they go to Murdock to wrap up the regular season against KMS next Wednesday.

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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