by Bob San
SUN PRESS NEWSPAPERS
Osseo gave fourth-ranked Minnetonka a scare before the visiting Skippers scored a late touchdown to win 33-28 Friday, Sept. 6.
“We were right there. Just a play here and there,” a disappointed Osseo coach Derrin Lamker said. “But I am very proud of our guys. We were outmanned by 100 pounds at some positions but we battled. Minnetonka was huge and that caused us some issues but we still moved the ball.”
Minnetonka senior quarterback Nick Rooney also created all kinds of problems for the Orioles. Rooney tossed four touchdown passes, including the game winner with less than two minutes to play.
“He was tough,” Lamker said. “He was able to scramble to create openings.”
And clutch too. Rooney’s cool play guided Minnetonka to convert four crucial fourth-down plays.
A state tournament semifinalist from a year ago, Minnetonka took an early 7-0 lead on a 51-yard touchdown pass from Rooney to Carter Bonnette. But it would be Osseo that owned much of the opening 24 minutes.
The Orioles answered Tonka’s first quarter touchdown with one of their own, quarterback Matt Miedtke found Gabriel Galamue from 22-yards out to even the score at 7-7.
Then, in the second quarter, Miedke’s 22-yard touchdown pass to Josh Goldschmidt put the Orioles out front 14-7.
The lead would be at 14-10 at the half, and Osseo immediately padded it in the third quarter on a 33-yard touchdown run by Prince Krauh. Minnetonka stormed back with two touchdowns of its own in the third, both on Rooney passes, to make it a 24-21 Skipper lead heading to the fourth.
Osseo regained the advantage on a 13-yard pass from Miedtke to Goldschmidt with 6:37 to play, but Minnetonka would have one more response, as Rooney connected with Mitch Felknor to give the Skippers the 31-28 victory.
“Our defense stayed on the field too much,” Lamker said. “Their size just wore us down at the end.”
Rooney finished with 308 yards and four touchdowns. Miedtke was almost as brilliant as he completed 11 of 22 passes for 202 yards with three touchdowns. Goldschmidt had four catches for 72 yards, Galamue three for 40 and Conner Kittleson four for 88. Osseo gained 132 yards rushing with Kruah gaining 73 yards on nine carries and Jaimen Hampton running for 47 yards on 13 attempts.
“Matt did a nice job for us in the pocket and we ran the ball well at times,” Lamker said. “We needed to sustain drives but we made some mistakes at the end.”
The travels won’t get much easier for Osseo this week with a trip to Blaine (2-0) scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13.
“Blaine is 2-0 and it’s going to be tough,” Lamker said. “But I like our guys’ mentality. They are not afraid of anyone, that’s for sure. “
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