Football: Warriors spoil Osakis' home opener
The Osakis football team came into the Friday night game against the BOLD Warriors guessing, and when the Warriors took an early lead the Streaks never found the answer in a 39-14 final.
The two teams had never played each other and head coach Bill Infanger didn't know what to expect. BOLD had an easy win against Paynesville on Sept. 1, 51-8. And that one chance to watch the Warriors didn't reveal a whole lot, Infanger said.
"The district we were in last year we got to exchange every game film all year long, so this district does it a little bit differently," Infanger said. "Now we only get one game film per week to prepare with."
Friday's game started with a big early lead by the Warriors. In the first quarter alone, they hit three connections between BOLD's quarterback Jordan Sagedahl and tight end Lucas Ryan. Ryan scored two of the three touchdowns in the first quarter.
Ryan scored another touchdown in the second quarter off of a 76 yard run, which was followed by a two point conversion. Sophomore Gavin Vosika got another six for the Warriors on a successful connection but the kick was missed.
Colton Waldvogel scored the first touchdown for the Silverstreaks off a 27 yard run with 4:49 left in the half. The point after kick brought the score at the half to 33-7.
"We didn't really know what to prepare for," coach Infanger said. "But we did the best we could and I felt like we did a really good job against their run game. We just struggled a little bit against the pass, especially early in the game."
Osakis lost 16 seniors last year and now have four starting sophomores, making it a fairly young team. But Infanger thinks they're holding up to the pressure well.
"I think they're doing a great job," Infanger said. "They answered well. We were down. We kinda maybe had our heads spin a little bit, but then the guys reacted well and we came back and got ourselves back in the game."
The second half of the game did show the Streaks responding faster to the Warrior passing game, but it wasn't enough to turn the tide.
In the first two minutes of the second half, Osakis junior Ben Duchene snagged an interception on the 27 yard line and took it in for the touchdown. The extra point brought the score to 33-14.
The Warriors' Gavin Vosika scored another touchdown in the fourth with 5:35 left in the game to put the finishing touches on the Warriors' win.
BOLD is a good program that went 10-1 at the Class A level a year ago. The Warriors have 10 state tournament appearances to their name, including a Class AA runner-up finish in 2014. Osakis knew it would be a good test early in the season after beating Browerville-Eagle Valley in the opener.
"I think we improved on this game," sophomore quarterback Dan Savageau said. "We knew they were going to be a good team coming in so we had to improve from what we did tonight. We know the mistakes we made tonight, and we're going to put those into practice and that's going to get us better for Benson."
Last year, the Streaks won a big playoff game against Benson so Infanger expects them to hit hard next week in an attempt to avenge that loss. Benson lost in double overtime to Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg in their first week and Infanger thinks that will motivate them even more in their game against the Silverstreaks.
"We have to completely forget about BOLD and we have to move on to Benson," Infanger said. "We just gotta go back to the drawing board and come up with a new plan and try to come out and execute it and try to learn from the mistakes we made tonight."
Benson is the only team on the Osakis schedule this year that is familiar. Because the Streaks changed districts they'll continue to face a bunch of new teams, just like they did Friday with BOLD. Starting sophomore Luke Imdieke is hopeful for the overall season.
"The coaches did a good job of putting us in the right positions," Imdieke said. "I hope we can mainly bounce back from this and get a win next week and then keep on winning and moving forward."
Kickoff against Benson is in Osakis at 7 p.m. on Sept. 15.