By Bob San
Totino-Grace shut down Osseo’s vaunted running game and held off the host Orioles 14-7 on Oct. 17 to capture the Northwest Suburban Conference North Division football championship.
Osseo quarterback Garrison Gillard hit Bridgeport Tusler for a 62-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter to give Osseo a 7-0 lead. But that was the only score Totino-Grace would allow. The Eagles tied it with a touchdown late in the first half and won it on a touchdown pass late in the game.
In the second half, the Eagle defense shutdown Osseo. The Orioles had five possessions in the second half but could not pick up a single first down. It was the first game this season the Orioles did not score a rushing touchdown.
“Totino Grace is tough,” Osseo coach Derrin Lamker said. “Remember, they are the only team in Minnesota to beat Edina and Edina is the best team in the state. We stopped ourselves on some drives with penalties and fumbles. You can’t do that against Totino-Grace.”
Troy Kray led Osseo in rushing with 71 yards on 20 carries. Tusler was held to 10 yards on 13 rushes. Tusler did catch four passes for 89 yards.
The Orioles are seeded second in the Section 5 tournament and open section player Friday, Oct. 26, against No. 7 Anoka. For seedings information, see other story.