by Nick Clark/Bob San
SUN PRESS Newspapers
Senior quarterback Matt Miedtke threw five touchdown passes to lead Osseo to a 49-10 blowout of Armstrong last Friday night at home.
The Orioles, coming off a 56-10 rout of Blaine in which they ripped off all eight of their touchdowns after the Bengals had opened an early 10-0 lead after the first quarter, treated the Falcons much the same. Osseo scored the first 28 points of the night, and then finished
the game with the final 21 in the third quarter to put the Falcons away.
Given great protection by the offensive line all night, Miedtke seemed to complete passes at will. He completed 20 of 26 passes for 328 yards, connected with Connor Kittleson and Josh Goldschmidt for two touchdowns each and one to Gabriel Galamue. Tailback Jaimen Hampton ran for two more scores as Osseo finished off a seven-day stretch in which they amassed 105 points in just under six quarters of play.
“Everything just seems to be clicking right now,” said Miedtke, who now has a dozen touchdown passes through four games. “The passing game
is working, the running game is working, and our defense is getting stops. Everyone around me is making it pretty easy for me to play well
Interestingly enough, that was one of the major questions most thought Osseo would be forced to answer this fall. The Orioles graduated most
of their arsenal from last year’s team, including Mr. Football Award recipient Bridge Tusler.
The unknowns were endless, but after what is now a 3-1 start with the lone defeat coming on a late touchdown in a 31-28 loss to No. 2 Minnetonka in Week 2, most of the concerns appear to have been for naught.
“These kids were all juniors last year, and they just really didn’t get a chance to play,” said ninth-year Osseo head coach Derrin Lamker.
“But our program is at a point where, when the juniors become seniors, they come in and step up. That is what has happened so far, and I’m really proud of that. We thought we’d have a decent team, but they hadn’t really played much, so you never really know. Fortunately, we
There was no sign of any other possible answer against Armstrong, as Osseo opened the game with touchdowns on four of its first five
Miedtke hit Goldschmidt for the first from 23 yards out with 7:49 to play in the opening quarter. Hampton made it a 14-0 lead on a 10-yard
run just over three minutes later, and then Miedtke connected with Gabriel Galamue on a 20-yard scoring play and Kittleson on a 9-yard pass to open up a 28-0 advantage 2:30 shy of the half.
Armstrong would rattle off its only 10 points of the night before the break. Josh Malcolm got the Falcons on the board when he recovered his own teammates fumble in the end zone after Dexter Betts lost a would-be score just before crossing the goal line on a 26-yard pass from quarterback Quinn Frisell.
Michael Elder then added a 44-yard field goal in the final seconds of the half to pull the Falcons to within 28-10 at the break. But that
was it for Armstrong as the Osseo defense buckled down and held the Falcons to 103 yards passing and 84 rushing for the game. Osseo came out firing again in the third quarter. Hampton scored on a 7-yard run, Miedtke found Kittleson for a 37-yard touchdown pass and
then Goldschmidt took a slant from Miedtke and took it in for another 37-yard score to force running time in the fourth.
For the game, Kittleson had seven catches for 146 yards and Goldschmidt had six receptions for 106 yards. Hampton ran for 110
yards on 10 carries.
“We got a little sloppy but I am really glad we stayed disciplined and stayed out of those 15-yard penalties,” Lamker said. “We came out focused and were ready to go. Armstrong has a good quarterback so he’s going to put some yards up but our kids pretty much shut him down and did a nice job. Our offense rolled and our passing game did a nice job. We had a couple mistakes but we made some big plays and came up with the win. Our running game got going a little bit too and our line played better and I was impressed.”
Now comes the real fun for Osseo, as homecoming week arrives with a match-up against seventh-ranked Andover (4-0) at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept.
“Hopefully not too much distraction,” Lamker said. “We are ready for Andover. This is what we have been focusing on. We feel they haven’t
played the quality teams that we have. So we want a piece of them bad.”
The Huskies have averaged nearly 40 points a night in opening the season perfect at the midway points, but as Lamker noted in addressing
his team following the victory over Armstrong, they haven’t faced anything like Osseo yet.
Few, it appears, have.
“Minnetonka is the best team we have seen, on the field, on film, everywhere,” said Lamker. “Andover is a good team, don’t get me wrong, but I want to see what they can do against us. They are going to come in here and try to throw it all over the place, but when you spread the ball out against us, I like our chances. Defensively, our guys are flying around. They are fast, from Quinton Perkins and Cortez Stanley inside to our safeties and corners They are all doing a nice job.”
Osseo senior quarterback Matt Miedtke airs it out during the Orioles’ 49-10 victory Sept. 20. Miedtke passed for over 300 yards and threw
five touchdown passes. (Photo courtesy of Rich Moll)
Oriole receiver Connor Kittleson out jumps an Armstrong defender to haul in a touchdown. (Photo courtesy of Rich Moll)