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Football: Imdieke leads Osakis rally over Montevideo

Osakis junior Luke Imdieke runs during a game against Browerville-Eagle Valley on Aug. 30. Imdieke had career game with 270 yards and three touchdowns, including the game winner, at Montevideo on Wednesday. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)

Luke Imdieke compiled a career night with the Osakis football team on Wednesday by racking up over 270 rushing yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner in a 30-28 comeback win at Montevideo.

“I have been impressed with the way the team has played on the road this season,” Silverstreaks head coach Bill Infanger said. “We have pulled out some close wins and had to come from behind a couple of times. I think that says a lot about the character of our guys. We've been in some back-and-forth games with momentum swings and (have) come out on top in most of them.”

The Silverstreaks (6-2) shot out with three scores in the first quarter. The first came on a 10-yard touchdown for Imdieke, which was followed by an 11-yard scoring run for Triston Stoetzel after Hunter Infanger picked off a pass to give Osakis the ball back.

Imdieke then punched another one in from 3 yards out, which was set up by his 77-yard dash earlier in the drive.

The Thunder Hawks (2-6) roared back, though, coming within a field goal by halftime. Trent Dreyer ran off a long touchdown run to start the rally, and, although Hunter Infanger scored on a 1-yard rush soon after, two Osakis fumbles led to Montevideo scores and a 24-21 game at the half.

“The turnovers in the first half changed the momentum and let them back in,” coach Infanger said. “You have to give them credit. Montevideo is a big, physical football team and, when they got the momentum for a while in the middle of the game, they took advantage of it.”

The game continued to turn when the Thunder Hawks opened the second half with a nine-play drive that ended in a touchdown and a 28-24 Montevideo lead. But Imdieke came through once more in the fourth quarter, scoring on a 57-yard touchdown rush with four minutes remaining for the decisive and game-winning heroics.

“This was a big win for us to get back on the the right side of things going into the playoffs,” coach Infanger said. “We needed a win after a tough loss last week at home. You never want to (go) into the playoffs on a losing skid.”

Alongside Imdieke’s huge night on the ground, Logan Hartshorn finished with two interceptions and a team-high 11 tackles on defense. Hunter Infanger and Jacob Backes respectively added an interception and a fumble recovery, as well.

The Silverstreaks will head into the Section 6AA Tournament with a bit of momentum. They’ll host sixth-seeded Wadena-Deer Creek as the No. 3 seed, kicking off at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, in Osakis.

Micah Friez

Micah Friez is a sports reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer. A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., he is a 2018 graduate of Bemidji State University with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing. Follow him on Twitter at @micahfriez for Lumberjack and Beaver updates.

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