by Bob San
Osseo-Maple Grove Sports
Osseo coach Derrin Lamker knew going into last Friday’s game against Elk River that the Elks would put up big yards with their unique offense. But he also felt confident his defense would bend and not break and his offense would outscore the Elks.
That turned out to be what happened. The Elks took a 7-0 lead, but the Orioles scored the next 37 points to take control and finished with a 44-21 victory.
“Our offense played well,” Lamker said. “We had a good combination in running and passing. It’s about 50/50.”
The Orioles had 237 yards passing and 241 rushing. Quarterback Matt Miedtke had another solid outing. He completed 13 of 23 passes with three touchdowns and no interception. He has now thrown for 1,652 yards, has 20 touchdowns and only four interceptions this season. Asked if Miedtke has broken any school passing records, Lamker said: “I have to look that up but he is the top two passers in the state. He is having a great season. He has a strong arm and is very smart. He is throwing the ball very well and he is not affected by the weather. Other quarterbacks had trouble with the wind but not Matt.”
Miedtke distributed the ball well. Connor Kittleson had 108 yards on five catches and scored twice, Josh Goldschmidt had 75 yards on four catches. Josh Riley-Phillips and Gabriel Galamue each had two catches.
Jaimen Hampton led the ground attack with 123 carries on 19 rushes and a touchdown and Prince Krauh scored twice and finished with 101 yards on nine rushes.
Defensively, the Orioles gave up 400 yards in rushing to the Elks but allowed just two scores.
“Elk Rivers gets big yardage against everybody,” Lamker said. “But we turned them over and made key stops.”
The 6-1 Orioles next visit Totino Grace in the regular season finale Wednesday, Oct. 16. The Northwest Suburban Conference West Division title and a section top seed will be at stake for the Orioles. Section seedings will take place Thursday, Oct. 17 with first round games at the higher seeds Tuesday, Oct. 22.
“This will be our third game of the week this season, after Minnetonka and Andover,” Lamker said. “Our team is battle-tested.”