by Bob San
SUN PRESS NEWSPAPERS
Osseo entered last Friday’s game at Blaine as the underdog, but Orioles coach Derrin Lamker knew his players were ready.
“It’s going to be tough but I like our guys’ mentality,” Lamker said before the game. “They are not afraid of anyone, that’s for sure.”
The Orioles showed no fear, not even after falling behind 10-0 in the first quarter. They overcame early mistakes, kept the score close and then exploded for 56 unanswered points to score the most lopsided victory over the perennial state powerhouse Blaine in Osseo’s program history.
“We beat them 56-21 four years ago, but that wasn’t as lopsided as this one,” Lamker said. “We didn’t play well in the first half and threw an interception. But it was totally different in the second half. Our offense caught fire and our defense did a good job of bottling them up.”
Quarterback Matt Miedtke followed his stellar three-touchdown performance a week ago against Minnetonka with another brilliant effort. He sparked the offense by completing 20 of 31 passes for 325 yards and three touchdowns. Senior receiver Connor Kittleson had a huge night, catching nine passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns of 34 and 75 yards. Senior wide receiver Josh Goldschmidt also had a big game with several key receptions.
Osseo ran for 246 yards with Jaimen Hampton scoring two touchdowns and running for 88 yards.
The Orioles started their comeback on a three-yard touchdown pass from Miedtke to Goldschmidt on the first play of the second quarter. The score was set up by a 45-yard run by Prince Krauh. Hampton then scored on a two-yard TD run to give Osseo a 14-10 halftime lead.
Miedtke and Goldschmidt hooked up for a 41-yard pass play early in the second half to set up Hampton’s 1-yard TD dive to make it 21-10. Miedtke then connected with Kittleson for two straight touchdown passes and the rout was on.
“Our offense is really clicking,” Lamker said. “Our line, our quarterback, receivers and running backs all did a nice job. Matty Miedtke is the best passing quarterback I’ve had in many years.”
Osseo’s defense held Blaine to 273 yards in total offense and scored one touchdown in a 57-yard interception return by Nick Brecht. Quinton Perkins led the way with 13 tackles and Cortez Stanley had 12.
“Our defense is fast and strong and is doing a lot of nice things,” Lamker said.
The special team got in the scoring act on a fake field goal play where kicker Elliott Kane held on to the ball and tossed a 25-yard TD to Gabriel Galamu. The final Osseo score came on a 75-yard TD run by Segun Adedeji.
“Everything just came together for us in the second half,” Lamker said. “Blaine is not a 56-10 team. They are a lot better than that. We are flying high now but we have to get better every week.”
The 2-1 Orioles next host Armstrong Friday, Sept. 20.
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