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Bruggeman carries Vikings over Silverstreaks in 6AA

The Osakis football team did a lot of things well offensively but couldn’t keep Pelican Rapids from doing the same in a 49-30 loss in the Section 6AA opener on Tuesday night.

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The Vikings pounded the ball with senior running back Ryan Bruggeman, and he delivered 245 yards and four touchdowns on 23 carries. Fullback Nick Thompson added 112 yards and two scores on 12 carries to help Pelican Rapids overcome 352 rushing yards for Osakis.

“We knew going in that he was going to be tough,” Osakis head coach Bill Infanger said of Bruggeman. “They would do a lot of running with him to the outside, and he’s extremely athletic. Even when he’s at full speed, he just has so much body control and just does a great job of getting the tough yards that are there and keeping his balance. We had a tough time getting him to the ground all night.”

Bruggeman’s big night trumped what was also a good game for Osakis’ Ryan Engfer. The junior back ran for 139 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries. He stepped up after junior fullback Wyatt Olson was lost to a lower leg injury after two carries in the first quarter.

“I’m thrilled with the effort Ryan gave us,” Infanger said. “Looking back on the season as a whole, he was probably our most productive back overall. He’s the only back we had who had more than 100 yards in two different games. I think Trey Erie did it once and Lane Berberich did it once. This year, because of the injuries, we ended up spreading it around a lot more. Ryan had a couple of big games for us. He gave us some speed from that fullback position.”

Engfer’s touchdown runs of 11, two and 52 yards allowed Osakis to stay within striking distance all night. Quarterback Brandon Giesler also punched in a touchdown run from the one-yard line. Mitch Tersteeg, Hunter Scherr and Joey Kotek all added two-point conversion receptions. 

The Silverstreaks were able to stay within two scores almost the whole night but could never get the stop they needed on defense.

“Really, the difference in the game is we didn’t make them punt all night and the only turnover we got out of them was late in the second half,” Infanger said. “We squibbed a kick. It wasn’t an onside kick. It was a line-drive squib kick and it went off one of their front five guys and we recovered. Every other possession, they were able to drive and score on us.”

The loss ended an injury-riddled season for Osakis. The Silverstreaks fought through that to finish 4-5 overall. PELICAN RAPIDS 49, OSAKIS 30

OSAKIS – Rushing – 35-352, 4 TD; Engfer – 20-139, 3 TD; Berberich – 5-41; Erie – 13-70; Passing – Giesler – 5-9, 35 yards, three 2-point conversions; Receiving – Joey Kotek – 3-32, 2-point conversion; Hunter Scherr – 2-point conversion; Mitch Tersteeg – 2-point conversion

PELICAN RAPIDS – Rushing – 401 yards; Bruggeman – 23-245, 4 TD; Thompson – 12-112, 2 TD; Passing – Blaine Gorton – 3 completions, 95 yards; Receiving – Bruggeman – 2-47; Gauge Lee – 1-48

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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