The Osakis Silverstreaks struck early and often as they cruised to a 55-12 Section 6AA quarterfinal victory over the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines on Oct. 23 in Osakis, Minn.
The Silverstreaks scored on two of their first three plays from the line of scrimmage and built up the lead throughout the first half on their way to the win.
Jacob Backes rushed for a pair of touchdowns, while Luke Imdieke had a touchdown run and reception for Osakis. Hunter Infanger passed for a pair of touchdowns as well in the victory.
“The real difference in the game is they brought so many upperclassmen at us. I was really concerned about that going in,” Wadena-Deer Creek head coach Howie Kangas said. “When you bring the combination 25 juniors and seniors at our freshman, it gets a little precarious.”
The experience really helped the Silverstreaks set the tone in the first half. After forcing a Wadena-DC punt, Imdieke broke 74 yards to the 1-yard line. Triston Stoetzl punched it in for the game’s first score. The second drive was even quicker for the Silverstreaks. Jacob Backes broke through the Wadena-DC defense for a 55-yard score and it was quickly 13-0 in the first quarter after three plays.
Imdieke capped off a long, sustained drive for the Silverstreaks late in the first quarter when he pushed through the line for a 6-yard score.
After Backes found the end zone for the second time, the Wolverines had their best drive of the game when they went 70 yards in 14 plays. The Wolverines finished the drive with a fourth down pass play when Payton Rondestvedt connected with Cade Kapphahn for the 2-yard score. The point after was no good.
However, the momentum was short-lived as Osakis quickly struck again. Infanger connected with Imdieke for the 17-yard strike to give the Silverstreaks the 34-6 lead at the half.
Steven Thomas added a 1-yard plunge for the Wolverines in the third quarter. However, it was all Silverstreaks in the second half as they struck for three more touchdowns.
The Silverstreaks rushed for 407 yards as a team with Backes picking up 137 and Imdieke rushed for 133 in the game.
Rondestvedt connected on 11 of his 17 passes for 103 yards. He had one touchdown pass to Kapphahn and had one interception on a deflected pass. Max Phillips led the receivers for Wadena-DC. Phillips had six receptions for 56 yards. Colby Schertler and Cade Kapphahn had two receptions each for 21 and 20 yards respectively.
The Wolverines finish the regular season with a 3-6 record, while Osakis moved to 7-2. Osakis will take on Breckenridge at 7 p.m. on Oct. 27.
Kangas said he was proud of the team’s effort throughout the season and they improved as it went on. It marked the final game for eight Wadena-DC seniors.
“The seniors were good leaders and we just don’t have enough of them and that’s been our culture right now. We don’t have enough upperclassmen playing the game,” Kangas said. “When and if that ever changes, then we will be competitive late into the playoffs.”