The Osakis football team will have one of its toughest tests in recent weeks when they host the Morris Area-Chokio-Alberta Tigers (4-2) on Friday night.
The Silverstreaks are 4-2 and are riding a three-game win streak. In those three games, they have found their stride on both sides of the ball.
Osakis has outscored its opponents 128-14 since its Sept. 13 loss to BOLD. MACA plans to do various things on offense to try and catch the Silverstreaks slipping.
“Morris runs a spread offense with its quarterback in the shotgun,” Osakis head coach Bill Infanger said. “They will throw the ball and run some option out of it. We will have to be physical and disciplined. You always have to be disciplined in assignment football when you play option teams. Our defensive backs will have to keep the Morris passing game from making big plays as well.”
On offense, the Tigers have some play-makers that the Silverstreaks will keep an eye on throughout the game.
“We will have to key in on their quarterback, Zach Bruns, and running backs Jack Riley, Colten Scheldorf and Will Breuer,” Infanger said. “They have a receiver, Kenny Soderberg, that they move around from side to side and mix into the backfield. He’s a fast player that we have to be aware of.
Osakis will be battling not just MACA, but also the weather. The forecast is going to be cold, wet, and possibly snowy on Friday night. Infanger believes that the team that can execute in the harsh conditions will be the team that comes out on top.
“Given the weather forecast for cold and wind, I would guess both teams are going to have to establish some run game to be successful,” Infanger said. “We are confident in our ability to throw the ball if we need to for some big plays if teams crowd the line of scrimmage. I think dealing with the weather will be a key this weekend.”
While the Silverstreaks are looking to extend their winning streak, the Tigers are looking to get back on track. Last week, they lost 6-0 to Minnewaska at home.
“Our confidence is high right now,” Infanger said. “Our guys know they have been playing good football the last few weeks, and they are excited to be playing a solid Morris team this weekend. This game should be a good measuring stick for both teams.”