Jacob Backes and the Osakis football team set the tone early and often on Friday night in Benson.
When the Braves attempted a fake field goal attempt from the 3 on their first possession, both Backes and Jarret Seela were there to bat the ball away from the intended receiver. The Silverstreaks then marched 97 yards in seven plays, finished off by a 49-yard touchdown run from Backes.
It was all Osakis from then on out, as the Silverstreaks ran out to a 56-8 win to move to 2-1 on the season.
“Easily the turning point (and) biggest moment of the night was defensively making the stand on that first and goal from our 2,” Osakis head coach Bill Infanger said. “To turn them away and then put that 97-yard touchdown drive together to start the scoring was really what got the momentum going.”
Next, after Benson (3-0) gave up the ball on another turnover on downs, the Silverstreaks flipped it into another score. Hunter Infanger hit Luke Indieke on a 31-yard connection, which set up a 13-yard touchdown run for Triston Stoetzel.
The Braves scored their lone touchdown of the night in response, a long Will Enderson pass that found Matthew Tolifson in the end zone for six. They added a 2-point conversion on top of it, but it was as close as Benson would come.
Osakis added one more score before the half, a Backes run from the 7-yard line, for a 22-8 lead at the break.
The Silverstreaks piled on in the second half. Backes scored from 46 yards out for the first score, and then Stoetzel added a 12-yard touchdown. Backes then contributed with a 55-yard rushing score, Hunter Infanger pitched in with a pick-six from midfield, and Isaac Hetland finished it off with a 9-yard touchdown rush.
When the flurry was finally finished, Osakis had 56 points on the board for the convincing victory.
“After losing to an exceptional BOLD team in week two, this is exactly what you hope for from your team,” coach Infanger said. “That they answer the bell and come out and show that they improved, learned from some of the mistakes they made the week before.”
Backes finished with 190 yards rushing, scoring on four of his six runs.
“Jacob had a huge night,” coach Infanger said. “It was just fun to watch him play tonight. Every time we gave him the ball, something special happened.”
Stoetzel added 117 yards on the ground over 16 rushes, while Imdieke picked up 68 yards with his legs. Hunter Infanger finished 6-for-7 passing for 58 yards. Defensively, Logan Hartshorn led the Silverstreaks with 12 tackles, while Backes followed with eight.
Osakis will return home for a 7 p.m. matchup with Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City on Friday, Sept. 21, knowing they still have work to do. The Silverstreaks started last season 2-1, as well, but they lost six straight from there to finish the year 2-7.
“Our guys know we are sitting right where we were last season,” coach Infanger said. “They know how tough the schedule got and where we finished up. We have a lot of work to do, and I know we are looking forward to it.