The Osakis football team is one step away from state after upsetting Breckenridge 21-20 on the road Saturday night.
“I always hope the boys will respond to adversity with their best, and that is something this team has done really well all season,” Silverstreaks head coach Bill Infanger said. “We did that again (in) this game.”
The second-seeded Cowboys (7-3) opened the Section 6AA semifinal matchup with a 9-yard-down touchdown rush for Caden McGough on fourth down. But third-seeded Osakis shot ahead on Hunter Infanger’s 43-yard touchdown rush and Luke Imdieke’s 2-point conversion rush for an 8-7 game.
The Silverstreak lead grew to 14-7 on a 1-yard score for Imdieke, but Breckenridge then tied it on a 50-yard pick six for Tyson Piechowski -- with just seconds left in the first half.
“We wanted to be aggressive,” coach Infanger said of the interception. “We had them reeling a little after taking the lead, and we wanted to keep the foot on the gas and try to score again before half. Obviously it backfired, but I don't want to get into a mindset where we are not being aggressive.”
The Cowboys regained the lead when Jack Aigner hit Jase Jensen on a 32-yard touchdown pass, but the score stood at 20-14 after a missed kick on the extra point.
It opened for the door for Osakis, who scored on a 14-yard Hunter Infanger-to-Jarrett Seela connection on fourth-and-goal. Jonathan Lara drilled the extra point, kicking the Silverstreaks to the 21-20 victory.
“The whole team executed,” coach Infanger said of the winning score. “We got good play-action fakes from our backs, the line set up a nice pocket to throw and Hunter delivered a strike to Jarret. … Lara comes out and nails the extra point, which turns out to be as big a play as any all night.”
Imdieke finished with 125 yards on 21 carries. Infanger had 53 yards on three runs -- alongside a 2-for-3 day passing for 19 yards -- and Triston Stoetzel had 49 rushing yards on 10 attempts.
Seela and Logan Hartshorn led the defensive corps with an interception and nine tackles each, and three of Hartshorn’s tackles were wrap ups behind the line of scrimmage.
Osakis next slides into the section title matchup, its second in three years. The Silverstreaks will shoot for their first section championship since 2005 when they face top-seeded Pillager at 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, at the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D.