Osseo senior scores three touchdowns, passes for another in 35-45 victory
It was a do-it-all kind of night for Bridge Tusler, but he was ready to do a little more for Osseo if needed.
Take the start of the sixth-ranked Orioles Sept. 13 match-up with No. 8 Blaine.
Osseo rushed the field, revved up for this much anticipated top-10 showdown to begin.
There was one problem though.
“There was no music,” Tusler said. “I’m not kidding. I used to play in the band. We need them. I was pretty energized once they played my song.”
The senior might be singing that tune for a while.
Tusler scored three touchdowns in three different ways, passed for another, intercepted three passes, and even caused and recovered a fumble in what was a 35-14 victory for the suddenly 3-0 Orioles.
“The guy is a stud,” said Osseo head coach Derrin Lamker afterwards. “But you know what I love about him? He’s a teammate. His blocking was awesome. He laid out people for his buddies. That is what a teammate is.”
His undeniable nose for the endzone also helped generate plenty of noise from those teammates, especially after he rode that musical number throughout a dominating first quarter.
Two of those touchdowns came in the moments following his insistence on the band getting into things. Tusler finished off Osseo’s first drive by hauling in a 30-yard touchdown pass from Garrison Gillard on a 3rd-and-10.
Two plays into Blaine’s first possession, Tusler stepped in front of an Alex Copa pass attempt and raced 40 yards for another touchdown and a 14-0 Osseo lead.
After Osseo forced Blaine into a turnover on downs to end the Bengals second possession, Tusler went to work on the ground.
His first carry of the drive went for 11 yards, and was immediately followed by a 45 yard dash that set up Osseo inside the Blaine 10, where Gillard found Matt Miedtke for an easy, eight-yard touchdown reception that pushed Osseo’s lead to three scores.
Blaine would get seven of those points back before halftime, but on the Orioles first possession of the second half – one set up by Tusler’s second pick of the game – Lamker decided to test his stars throwing ability.
Tusler took the ball on a reverse from the Blaine 11, but instead of tucking it to run, he lofted a pass to Harrison Lucas for Osseo’s fourth touchdown of the night.
“I’m not going to lie, my throw is pretty ugly,” Tusler said. “But I was throwing it to my best friend. I couldn’t let him down. I still kind of lifted in there, but I was just happy that it got to him.”
Lamker, a former college quarterback himself, had a similar assessment.
“It was a horrible throw,” said the coach. “I am going to let him know about it when we watch film. [Lucas] was wide open, and he almost missed him.”
Nitpicking aside, the throw capped a remarkable night for young man whose words after the game moved every bit as fast as his feet did during it.
“Like I said, he’s a stud,” Lamker said. “I’m just glad he’s our stud.”
Osseo will play next at Armstrong (0-3) in a game that kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21.