The Osakis football team wanted a mulligan after a disappointing start to the season at Browerville-Eagle Valley on Aug. 30.
With a week to think about that 19-16 loss to the Tigers, the Silverstreaks made good on their second chance. Montevideo (0-2) was the victim of an inspired performance by the Silverstreaks (1-1) on Friday night as Osakis ran all over the Thunder Hawks in a 41-7 final.
“There was a commitment to toughness and a commitment to energy tonight that we didn’t have in week one,” Osakis head coach Bill Infanger said. “I don’t know if it was first-game jitters. You got to give some credit to Browerville for taking us out of that, but tonight the energy was much better. We were a tough football team tonight, and we did what we needed to do in the first half.”
It was 28-0 by the end of the first quarter and 41-0 by the half. Three of the first four touchdowns came from senior running back Luke Imdieke as he scored on runs of 4, 5 and 37 yards.
Imdieke said there was a sense of urgency for the Silverstreaks during practice this week. Osakis has high hopes for this season, and this team did not want to start 0-2 with a game against Class A’s top-ranked BOLD up next.
“After last week, we really turned the intensity up,” Imdieke said. “We were more physical, high energy and all that. (The fast start) set the tone. Coach preached before the game to have fun. Once we were on the board, we kind of just settled down and had fun playing football.”
A Hunter Infanger interception that he returned nearly 60 yards for a score was one of two interceptions of the first half for Osakis. Infanger’s defensive touchdown made it a 21-0 game after the Carter Rost extra point, and Mason Moore got a pick that led to Imdieke’s third touchdown of the night.
Imdieke is the anchor for this team in the backfield after rushing for more than 1,200 yards a year ago. He’s off to another fast start after also adding 185 yards on the ground against Browerville.
“He’s the guy we want to give the ball to,” coach Infanger said. “We want to feed him, and the nice thing for Luke is we’ve got some other good backs around him too and a good line in front of him. If teams commit to stop Luke, there’s other guys we can give the ball to between Duncan Vandergon and Isaac Hetland. Our quarterback, (Hunter Infanger), can run and we can throw it to the outside to Luke (Staloch) and Kobie (Lara) and Daniel (Savageau).”
Osakis spread the ball around after grabbing a big advantage early. Vandergon punched in a touchdown from four yards out to start the second quarter, and Hetland scored from a yard away before the half.
Montevideo couldn’t move the ball much at all until the second half with the game already out of reach. The Thunder Hawks’ only touchdown came in the fourth quarter when senior running back Jonah Sulflow broke free for a 24-yard score.
“I feel like we all just played our gaps like we were supposed to do,” Osakis sophomore linebacker Brady Mages said. “Coach always emphasizes playing our own gap and doing our job and then trusting the other person to do their job too.”
This is the kind of performance the Silverstreaks envisioned a lot this season. Osakis has 15 seniors on the roster, with a lot of those guys being on the field for an 8-3 team in 2018 that made it to the Section 6AA title game.
“I feel like that’s how we are meant to play with all the guys that we have,” Mages said. “We should do pretty good going into our next games with a tough upcoming schedule against BOLD.”
The Warriors are 2-0 after dismantling Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg and Morris Area-Chokio-Alberta by a combined score of 92-7 through the first two weeks. That’s after going 13-1 in 2018 and falling in the Class A state title game by just one point to Mahnomen-Waubun.
BOLD did lose some size up front from that team, but the Warriors look to have another good group that is led by senior quarterback Jordan Sagedahl.
“We just got to play our game,” Imdieke said. “Play hard and fight harder than they do. I feel like we have a chance if we do that.”
Last year’s match-up between Osakis and BOLD turned into a 49-0 win for the Warriors. The Silverstreaks know what they’re up against as they try to take down the defending Mid State (Sub 2) District champions.
“They’ve got a lot of weapons and they’ve got probably one of the best quarterbacks in the state this year in Sagedahl,” coach Infanger said. “We’ve got to be sound in all the things we do defensively, and we’ve got to use our offense as a defense, basically.
“We’ve got to come out and control the clock and put drives together. They’re always good, and until somebody knocks them off in our district, they’re the defending champs. We have our hands full. This is a big, big game for us.”
OSAKIS 28 13 0 0 - 41
MONTEVIDEO 0 0 0 7 - 7
SCORING - FIRST QUARTER - Osakis - Luke Imdieke 4-yard run; Daniel Savageau 2-point conversion; Osakis - Imdieke 37-yard run; Conversion no good; Osakis - Hunter Infanger 60-yard interception return; Carter Rost PAT; Osakis - Imdieke 5-yard run; Rost PAT
SECOND QUARTER - Osakis - Duncan Vandergon 4-yard run; Rost PAT; Osakis - Isaac Hetland 1-yard run; PAT no good
THIRD QUARTER - No scoring
FOURTH QUARTER - Montevideo - Jonah Sulflow 24-yard run; Selvin Hernandez PAT
OSAKIS OFFENSE - RUSHING - Luke Imdieke - 13-97, 3 TD; Isaac Hetland - 12-62, TD; Duncan Vandergon - 4-38, TD; Hunter Infanger - 4-37; Nate Kulzer - 3-18; Dan Savageau - 1-2, 2-point conversion; Garrek Radtke - 1-4; PASSING - Infanger - 3-6, 89 yards; RECEIVING - Luke Staloch - 1-24; Kobie Lara - 1-30; Savageau - 1-35
OSAKIS DEFENSE - Brock Faber - 10 assisted tackles, 1 solo; Hetland - 7 assisted tackles, 3 solo; Mason Moore - 5 assisted tackles, 3 solo, INT; Infanger - 1 assisted tackle, 1 solo, INT, TD