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WDC gives ranked Osakis a scare

The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines left a wake-up call for Bill Infanger's Osakis Silverstreaks last Friday in a 34-27 loss.

The hard-working but still winless Wolverines grabbed a 27-26 lead over the undefeated, state-ranked Silverstreaks with just 1:27 to go.

What happened next came right out of a B-movie. Ky Zimmel took the WDC kick at his own 15, ranged to the right side of the field behind his blockers and then cut back to the left for an 85-yard touchdown return.

The victory keeps the state-ranked Silverstreaks undefeated but Infanger believes the real benefit for his club will be realized in the coming weeks.

"They had a wakeup call that was really needed," Infanger said. "They saw the Barnesville-Wadena score and I think they believed they were going to have an easy game."

Barnesville trounced WDC 61-6 in Week 3 and racked up 35 of their points in the first quarter.

Perhaps the Silverstreaks should have been paying attention to the records of the teams WDC had faced this season. After five weeks of the season WDC opponents have a combined record of 16-9.

Drew Fearing, Mitch Herzog and Brian Thorstad put up first half touchdowns for Osakis on runs of 10, four and two yards.

Down 20-0, the Wolverines went to the air in the second quarter. Jake Rude snagged a 33 yard touchdown pass from Evan VanErp and Logan Meyer cashed in on a 17-yard run to pull his club within seven, 20-13, at the midway point.

Thorstad found the end zone from 16 yards out in the third quarter. Meyer galloped 61 yards to score six for WDC.

When Meyer scored his third touchdown of the night on a 71-yard scamper with 2:12 left in the fourth quarter, the Wolverines were in position to grab the lead and a two-point conversion run by Evan VanErp turned the trick.

"Our kids played a great game against a very good team," WDC Head Coach Tom VanErp said. "I feel we still have an opportunity to move up in the section standings with three very winnable games left on our schedule."

VanErp also praised assistant coach Matt Jones for his offensive calls.

"A catch here, a better block there, we were right at the edge of pulling out a big upset," VanErp said.

Meyer had 186 yards rushing on 17 carries. Jake Rude caught five passes for 122 yards.

Meyer had 12 tackles and four assists. Jacob Ludovissie and Jacob Krause combined for 22 solo tackles and 14 assists.

Herzog led the Silverstreaks with 178 yards on 27 carries. Thorstad carried 27 times for 111 yards.

Defensively, Herzog and Austin Rollage combined for 18 stops and Kyle Swendstad picked off two passes.

The Wolverines host Upsala-Swanville Area Oct. 14 at 7 p.m.

Osakis 34, WDC 27

Osakis 14 6 68 - 34

WDC 0 13 68 - 27

Osakis: Drew Fearing 10 yd run (PAT Jeppe Kyvsgaard kick), Mitch Herzog 4 yd run (PAT Kyvsgaard kick), Brian Thorstad 2 yd run (PAT failed), Thorstad 6 yd run (PAT failed), Ky Zimmel 85 yd kickoff return. (PAT Garrett Scherr fumble recovery in end zone)

WDC: Jake Rude 33 yd pass run Evan VanErp (Logan Meyer run), Meyer 17 yd run (PAT failed), Meyer 61 yd run (PAT failed), Meyer 71 yd run (PAT VanErp run)

Osakis WDC

Yards Rushing 324 202

Yards Passing 50 147

Total Yards 374 349

Passes 3-8 7-17

Intercepted By 2 0

Fumbles Lost 0 1