The Osakis football team went out of section and district play on Friday night to test itself against a good Class AAA opponent.
The Silverstreaks played right with Perham (4-2), but the Yellowjackets held on in a 29-28 final to hand Osakis (5-1) its first loss heading into a huge game with West Central Area-Ashby (6-0) on Friday night.
“We are all disappointed that we weren’t able to find a way to win a close game like this against a strong opponent,” Osakis head coach Bill Infanger said. “We will learn from this loss. I think our guys are hungry and confident and I think they will respond to this loss the right way going into the end of the season.”
The Silverstreaks put together a 6-play, 45-yard drive with under two minutes left on 6-of-6 passing to score a touchdown and 2-point conversion with 48 seconds left. Perham recovered the ensuing onside kick to secure the win.
The Yellowjackets were up 14-0 in the second quarter when Osakis sophomore quarterback Kyle Mages connected with senior Bauer Klimek on a 70-yard touchdown pass. A 2-point conversion made it 14-8, but Perham had an answer throughout the night.
It was a 22-8 Yellowjackets’ lead in the third quarter when Osakis went 52 yards on 12 plays. Drew Imdieke punched in a touchdown from a yard out to get it to 22-14. Klimek responded with a defensive interception and return down to the Perham 5-yard line before Imdieke ran in his second touchdown. But a missed 2-point conversion left the game at 22-20.
Maybe the biggest play of the night came next when Perham's Noah Thompson returned a kick for a touchdown to make it a two-score game at 29-20. That proved to be the game-winner after the Silverstreaks’ drive with about five minutes left was halted after a holding penalty and two false start penalties forced Osakis to punt.
Mages had 248 passing yards for the Silverstreaks on a 16-of-25 day. He threw for two touchdowns on balls caught by Klimek and Tyson Hagedon. Klimek had another huge game with seven catches for 181 yards, along with his interception.
Imdieke led the ground game with 73 yards and the two touchdowns on 18 carries.
Osakis still has everything to play for heading into this week against West Central Area-Ashby. Both teams are undefeated in the Midwest (White) District. Osakis will host the Knights with a 7 p.m. kickoff on Oct. 15.
"Games like this teach us a lot on both sides of the ball," Infanger said. "We have to learn quick and put this game behind us, as WCA comes to town next Friday in a game that likely will decide the regular season district championship and the No. 1 seed for section 6AA. Going to be an exciting week."
PERHAM 29, OSAKIS 28
OSAKIS OFFENSE - RUSHING - Tyson Hagedon - 9-62; Drew Imdieke - 18-73, 2 TD; Kyle Mages - 7-38; Carsten Jacobson - 3-13; Bauer Klimek - 1-2; PASSING - K. Mages - 16-25, 248 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT; RECEIVING - Imdieke - 2-8; Klimek - 7-181, TD; Carter Watnaas - 5-45; Tyson Hagedon - 2-14, TD
OSAKIS DEFENSE - Brady Mages - 10 tackles, 2 sacks; Wyatt Sell - 9 tackles; Caleb Goodwin - 6 tackles; Kyle Mages - 4 tackles; Logan Karnes - 4 tackles; Klimek - INT