by Bob San
When Osseo football coach Derrin Lamker found out last week his team had to forfeit two earlier games because of an ineligible player, he said: “We will deal with it and move on.”
The Orioles seemed to have moved past the disappointment of having two victories snatched from them when they visited Park Center last Friday. Led by three touchdown passes from quarterback Garrison Gillard, another top running night from Bridgeport Tusler and a stellar defensive performance, the Orioles cruised to a 48-0 win.
“We played well on both sides of the ball and our defense got a shutout,” Lamker said. “Park Center has some skilled kids but we just played better.”
Osseo put the game away by scoring 28 unanswered points in the first quarter.
Gillard threw touchdown passes of 25 and 22 yards to Connor Kittelson. Tusler scored on a two-yard TD run and Jaimen Hampton ran for a 7-yard TD to make it 28-0.
Tusler added a 9-yard TD in the second quarter and Gillard threw a 24-yard TD pass to Hampton in the second quarter.
Osseo completed scoring in the third quarter on a 2-yard TD run by Trevor Johnson.
Gillard completed 6 of 7 passes for 98 yards. Kittelson had 3 catches for 63 yards. Osseo had 236 yards rushing. Tusler had 119 yards on just 9 rushes and Hampton had 54 yards on 11 carries.
Osseo’s defense led by linebackers Carter Burquest and Troy Kray and lineman Rakeem Felder held Park Center to 36 yards rushing and 98 passing.
“Our defense is just strong, fast and well-coached,” Lamker said. “They are very disciplined and organized. Coach Johnson and coach Modine have done a great job of organizing the kids and getting them in the right spots.”
The Orioles are officially 4-2 for the season even though they have won all six games on the field. They had to forfeit the first two games of the season because of an ineligible player. The Orioles are disappointed with the off-field setback but are determined to push on toward their goals.
“What happened last week should not have happened but it did. Now we are going forward,” Lamker said. “Yes, the kids are disappointed but what happened does not matter in November. We can still win the conference and be the No. 1 seed in the sections.”
The Orioles next visit Elk River Friday, Oct. 12, before hosting undefeated Totino Grace Wednesday, Oct. 17, in a game that, if not for the forfeit, would have decided the conference championship.