The Osakis football team keeps trying to clean up its game and snap its losing streak. The Silverstreaks’ last shot to turn it around was on senior night and parents night in their last home game of regular season play on Friday.
Instead, a first-quarter lead disappeared in a 27-7 loss to Class 3A’s Montevideo.
The game started well for the Silverstreaks. A successful first drive down the field ended in running back Luke Imdieke making the six yard carry for the first touchdown of the game. Senior Reid Dewenter made the kick for a 7-0 lead six minutes in.
But that turned out to be the only time the Streaks found the end zone the whole game.
“It’s the same thing it’s been for a lot of weeks,” Osakis head coach Bill Infanger said. “We’re a young football team playing against some big physical football teams. I think that when things are going our way right away and then all of a sudden, boom, we’re down by a touchdown or two, I think there might be some energy problems and some confidence problems and that’s something that they’ve gotta work on.”
The Streaks were stopped on the Montevideo 11-yard line early in the second quarter. The Thunder Hawks (2-6) then made three first downs in three plays ending in a 25 yard pass from quarterback Isaac Hoogeveen to Trent Dreyer in the end zone. Selvin Hernandez got the extra point, tying up the score 7-7.
“We probably got too hot headed on that first drive and then ended up after that going downhill,” junior Dominic Strom said.
Dreyer went on to get two more touchdowns. Senior running back Blaine Sederstrom made the final touchdown of the night in the third quarter to put the finishing touches on Montevideo’s second straight win after starting the season 0-6.
“We had a couple big passing plays that we gave up on third and long that ended up being the difference that let them back in it to take the lead in the first half,” Infanger said. “Then we just weren’t able to get back in our rhythm.”
This loss marks the fifth loss in a row for Osakis, making the overall season record 2-6. The losing streak has started to affect the player's mindset, Infanger said.
“We just weren’t playing with the intensity we were at the beginning of the season,” junior running back Jacob Backes said.
The hope for the Silverstreaks is that they can take lessons learned from a two-win regular season and apply it to the future.
“There’s a lot of positives to draw on. Any time you can bring back a whole bunch of guys with experience from one year to the next, things look good,” Infanger said. “Obviously, things look bright for the future of this program with all the young guys that are getting playing time.”
The Silverstreaks are trying to extend their immediate future as they look ahead to the playoffs. Osakis will likely enter as the number five or six seed in the eight-team Section 6AA field when the postseason starts on Oct. 24.
“We’re doing a lot of things well. We’re just not doing them well consistently,” Infanger said “We just have to continue to clean things up and we need to get healthy. We’re down a few bodies right now and every week instead of sometimes improving we’re patching holes. We need to get better going into the playoffs.”MONTEVIDEO 0 14 13 0 - 27 OSAKIS 7 0 0 0 - 7