by Bob San
Osseo used a powerful running game and stellar defense to score a 22-13 Northwest Suburban Conference football win at Andover Friday, Sept. 28.
“That’s the best game we played all year,” Osseo coach Derrin Lamker said. “That’s the best team we played all year, way better than Blaine, better than Maple Grove. Defensively we dominated them and we ran the ball very well.”
Andover took a 7-0 lead in the second quarter but Osseo made it 7-3 at halftime on a 27-yard field goal by Aaron Bergh. Osseo then dominated the line of scrimmage and controlled the ball much of the second half.
Troy Kray put Osseo up 10-7 with a 3-yard touchdown run. Osseo then tried an on-side kick and Cortez Stanley recovered the ball to give the Orioles the ball and the momentum.
Osseo cashed in as Bridgeport Tusler followed with a 3-yard TD score to put Osseo up 16-7. Tusler added a 7-yard TD in the fourth quarter to make it 22-7 and pretty much put the game out of reach.
With the offensive line blocking superbly, Kray and Tusler both had huge nights. Kray rushed 33 times for 157 yards and Tusler added 131 yards on 24 carries.
“We never threw the ball once in the second half,” Lamker said. “The line just played great. Tackles AJ Dehn, Tyler Sims, guards Mike Lillis, Martin Olson and center Joel Jacobs, and reserves Wyatt Benish and Chad Banwell all did a great job of opening holes for Bridge and Troy. He is under-looked but our offensive line coach Andy Johnson is one of the best in the state.”
The Osseo defense anchored by Kray and Rakeem Felder stymied the Huskies for much of the game. Kray led the defense with 14 tackles.
“The defense was well prepared. They had minus four yards rushing,” Lamker said. “We gave up only one touchdown. The last one late in the game was on a penalty. Our coaches did a great job preparing them. Our defense is doing great. That’s going to be our ticket to the playoffs.”
The 3-2 Orioles next host Park Center Friday, Oct. 5.