Silverstreaks drops third straight football game
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 last Friday, 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 on his way to leading LPGE to an 18-12 win in Osakis.
“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 in the third quarter as he dragged a couple defenders into the end zone with him after they met him near the two-yard line.
“You look at the games that we’ve won and the offense has been able to drive and score and the defense has done its thing and gave us the ball right back when we still had momentum,” Infanger said. “It seems like these last two weeks, while overall the defense hasn’t played that badly, what’s happened is we just can’t keep the momentum for more than one drive.”
That final score by Kilfoyle-Steward turned out 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.
“We just need to all stay together,” Olson said. “We need to forget about what happened tonight and move onto next week and get a win.”
The Silverstreaks are starting to get healthier heading into week eight, but guys are out there playing at less than 100 percent. Olson is one of those guys who is trying to get completely healthy after suffering an injury. He didn’t start on either side of the ball against the Thunder but still made an impact with his two touchdowns in short-yardage situations.
“He’s the biggest, strongest kid on our football team and we need him out there as much as possible,” Infanger said. “Right now, we’re using him sparingly, trying to keep him healthy and make sure he’s there in the short-down situations when we need him. As an offensive coach calling plays, it’s fun having a back like that where you know if you can just get it to third and short or fourth and short, it’s almost a sure thing with him.”
It’s a short week, but Osakis is hoping that the four days between games can help to get everyone a little healthier as the Streaks head to Murdock tonight, Wednesday, for their final regular season game.
“The message to the guys is keep fighting,” Infanger said. “That’s what football is about. No matter what the game throws at you, just keep fighting. The coaches still believe in them, and I hope they still believe in each other and in us as a coaching staff because we feel like we have a lot of fight left in us. We want to go get that win in KMS and see what we can do in the playoffs.”
GAME SUMMARY OSAKIS 0 6 6 0 – 12
LPGE 0 6 12 0 – 18
SCORING – FIRST QUARTER – No scoring
SECOND QUARTER – LPGE – Kilfoyle-Steward – 7-yard run; Osakis – Olson – 1-yard run
THIRD QUARTER – LPGE – Kilfoyle-Steward – 25-yard run; Osakis – Olson – 1-yard run; LPGE – Kilfoyle-Steward – 8-yard run
FOURTH QUARTER – No scoring