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Big plays, dominant defense lead Osakis past Crookston in season opener

Sophomore Kyle Mages settles in at quarterback, and senior Bauer Klimek shows off a new role for the Silverstreaks' offense as his big plays of 63 and 70 yards help open up a 27-0 win at Crookston in wet conditions.

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Kyle Mages

The Osakis football team was eager to see how some guys would play getting their first extended varsity action during the season opener on Friday night.

The Silverstreaks have a lot to like after a 27-0 shutout of Crookston on the road.

“Seniors led the way, but we had a lot of strong performances from some new faces as well,” head coach Bill Infanger said. “Tyson Hagedon had his first 100-yard rushing game, and Drew Imdieke scored twice from the fullback position. Both took care of the ball in the wet conditions. (Sophomore) Kyle Mages in his first game at QB had some big plays as well with a couple of long passing strikes, his first passing TD, and he also had a long run called back on a holding play. We definitely have a lot to improve on, but we are excited our young guys were able to put some plays out there to help us win.”

Hagedon finished with 109 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. Imdieke added two touchdowns and 70 yards on 18 carries, while Mages was 2-for-6 for 92 yards and a touchdown pass to Bauer Klimek that went for 63 yards.

Mages also had an interception defensively. Brady Mages was all over the field with 11 tackles and a fumble recovery. Caleb Goodwin forced a fumble as he finished with a sack and eight tackles.

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“Defense put a dominant performance on the field,” Infanger said. “Coach (Chris) Ludwig had a great scheme for the boys and they did a great job of swarming No. 38 Ethan Boll, who is a big, strong, talented back. The defensive side of the ball stopping the run and not giving up any big plays was really the key to this game.”

Rain and muddy field conditions factored into the game as Osakis’ first two possessions ended in a fumbled pitch and a fumbled snap. The Silverstreaks got on track on their third possession when Mages hit Klimek for the 63-yard score. Osakis had a second-quarter scoring drive that was started when Mages hit Carter Watnaas on a 29-yard pass. That drive went nine plays and ended with Imdieke punching it in on 4th-and-goal from the 1.

It was 12-0 at the half, and Klimek had another big play in the fourth quarter to set up a score. This time he broke free on a 70-yard run before Imdieke finished the drive with his second 1-yard touchdown run. Hagedon scored the final touchdown of the night on a 16-yard run after Goodwin’s sack and forced fumble was recovered by Brady Mages.

“I’m proud of the way the guys handled the weather conditions after a rough start,” Infanger said. “With a young QB and backfield, it was a concern going in, but we got better as the game went on and settled in, taking care of the ball and executing our offense.”

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Bauer Klimek

Klimek was Osakis’ starting quarterback a year ago, and Osakis will try to use his versatility in a number of ways this season. Infanger called the senior’s 63 and 70-yard plays the biggest of the game. He also lauded the play of the guys up front on both sides of the ball.

“Our offensive and defensive lines led by our seniors, Brady Mages, Chayce Meyer, Carter Watnaas, Caleb Goodwin and Aaron Back, were physical and handled the weather against a big Crookston line,” Infanger said. “Juniors Logan Karnes and McCarter Kirksey also had solid performances.”

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It all added up to an impressive performance in the season opener as the Silverstreaks now get set to go to Hawley for their second straight road game on Sept. 10 against a fellow Midwest (White) District opponent. The Nuggets, out of Section 8AA, are 1-0 after beating Pillager 22-0 on Thursday.

OSAKIS 27, CROOKSTON 0

OSAKIS OFFENSE - RUSHING - Tyson Hagedon - 18-109, TD; Drew Imdieke - 18-70, 2 TD; Bauer Klimek - 3-88; Kyle Mages - 1-3, 2-point conversion; PASSING - Kyle Mages - 2-6, 92 yards, TD; RECEIVING - Bauer Klimek - 1-63, TD; Carter Watnaas - 1-29

DEFENSE - Brady Mages - 11 tackles, fumble recovery; Caleb Goodwin - 8 tackles, 1 sack, forced fumble; Wyatt Sell - 9 tackles; Kyle Mages - 6 tackles, 1 interception; Carter Watnaas - 3 tackles, sack; Drew Imdieke - 5 tackles; Tyson Hagedon - 3 tackles; Carsten Jacobson - 1 tackle; Chayce Meyer - 6 tackles; Logan Karnes - 6 tackles; Ian Adolphsen - 1 tackle

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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