The Osakis football team wrapped up the Midwest (White) District championship with another well-rounded showing in Pillager on Wednesday night.
The Silverstreaks (7-1, 6-0 district) needed to beat the Huskies (0-8) to avoid any chance of slipping to the No. 2 seed in Section 6AA or having West Central Area-Ashby (7-1) share that district title. Osakis left no doubt with a 26-0 victory. It’s the third shutout win of the season for the Silverstreaks.
“Really proud of this team to finish the season with a road win in the mud against a physical Pillager team,” head coach Bill Infanger said of a game played in wet and cool conditions. “Defensively, coach Chris Ludwig had a great plan coming in, and we were able to control the line of scrimmage and slow down Pillager’s run game.”
Osakis ate up most of the clock in the first quarter with a 14-play, 62-yard drive that that did not result in points, but did set a tone. Pillager got a stop on 4th-and-goal after a holding penalty by Osakis on first-and-goal.
The Silverstreaks continued to move the ball from there as sophomore fullback Drew Imdieke ran in a 5-yard touchdown in the second quarter to make it 6-0. That touchdown was set up by a 23-yard pass from Kyle Mages to Carter Watnaas.
Mages helped make it a 14-0 game later in the second quarter when he found Tyson Hagedon in the flats. Hagedon went 21 yards for the touchdown before Bauer Klimek ran in the 2-point conversion. Hagedon added a 22-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, and Carsten Jacobson broke off a 47-yard touchdown run in the fourth to finish things off.
“I have to give a lot of credit to our backs for taking care of the football with wet, cold hands,” Infanger said. “Having no turnovers was a big factor in getting the win.”
Carsten Jacobson and Brady Mages led the defense with 8 tackles each. Imdieke added 7 tackles, Caleb Goodwin finished with 3 tackles and a sack, and Chayce Meyer had 3 tackles and a tackle for loss.
“Games like this, with the mud, cold, and wind, are what you’re going to get in Minnesota,” Infanger said. “You need your linemen to step up and win in the trenches. Chayce Meyer, McCarter Kirksey, Caleb Goodwin, Aaron Nack, Brady Mages, Logan Karnes and Carter Watnaas have done a great job all year, but tonight we really put the game on them and they answered the bell.”
It earned the Silverstreaks the No. 1 seed in the Section 6AA playoffs and an opening-round bye. Osakis will host the winner of Staples-Motley and Wadena-Deer Creek on Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. in the section semifinals.
Second-seeded WCA-Ashby will play the winner of third-seeded Sauk Centre and sixth-seeded Pillager in Barrett at that same time on Oct. 30.
The Section 6AA championship is scheduled for Nov. 5 at the Fargodome.