Osakis running duo dominates Eagles
The New York Mills Eagles snapped a season-starting seven-quarter scoring drought on a Charlie Peeters quarterback sneak for a touchdown, but that was the only home score in a 32-7 defeat at the hands of the Osakis Silverstreaks.
"Osakis is a very physical football team and they really run hard and get off the line of scrimmage," Eagles Head Coach Matt Radniecki said.
Streaks running backs Brian Thorstad and Mitchell Herzog did most of the damage rushing for over 200 yards and four touchdowns combined.
Thorstad scored on runs of 50 yards and from three yards out.
Herzog scored from short and goal from the five and from the three for his two scores.
Down 26-0 in the fourth quarter, the Eagles started a drive from their own 38. Peeters hit Shane Novak on a screen pass for 25 yards. A pass interference call bumped the Eagles to the Osakis 18.
Another flag on Osakis for offsides put the Eagles at the 13-yard-line.
Six plays later on third and goal Peeters plowed through the middle of the line for six and the first points of the Eagles season.
Brandon Kupfer's extra point kick was good.
"I was happy how we played and I feel that we improved this week," Radniecki said. "Osakis is a very good football team and we got better."
Unlike the opening game of the season, the Eagles were in the red zone three times with chances to score.
Near the end of the first quarter, Peeters went 3-4 passing for 48 yards on a drive that started at the NY Mills 39.
The Eagles faced a second and goal from the eight when Thorstad sacked Peeters for a loss of 12 yards.
A screen pass to Nick LeTourneau for six yards set up a fourth down field goal attempt.
The Eagles attempted a fake but a pass to Noah Pesola fell incomplete near the end of the first quarter.
The first half ended in similar fashion with the Eagles at the Silverstreaks' seven-yard-line.
A punt snap sailed over the head of Osakis punter Jordan Frederick at the 20 setting up the Eagles in the red zone.
An eight-yard pass to Pesola and a first down run by Tyler Patron made for first and goal at the 10.
Two short runs by Novak and an incomplete pass just over the outstretched arms of Pesola brought out the field goal unit.
Kupfer's 25-yard attempt was blocked with 1:32 remaining in the first half.
"We were so close getting inside the red zone three times and only coming away with one touchdown."
Osakis converted on some big fourth down plays and that kept their drives going leading to eventual scores.
"They also made the big play something that we were close to doing but came up short. We had some chances. We are competing but we have to take the next step and make some big plays and win a few games."
NY Mills (0-2) travels to Royalton (1-1) next Friday night.
The Eagles junior varsity squad lost to Pillager 16-0 and followed that up with a 16-12 ninth-grade win over Osakis this week.
"The kids are learning and it was nice for them to get a win over Osakis on the freshmen/sophomore level."
Game notes: Captain Sam Slieter was not suited up Friday night after suffering a partial dislocated knee in practice last week. His return for the season is questionable.
Scoring by quarter:
Osakis 6 8 12 6 32
NYM 0 0 0 7 7
O- Brian Thorstad 50 run (Kick failed)
O- Mitchell Herzog 5 run (Herzog run)
O- Herzog 3 run (Conversion failed)
O- Kyle Swenstad 47 pass from Cody Rupert (Conversion failed)
NYM- Charlie Peeters 1 run (Brandon Kupfer kick)
O- Thorstad 3 yd run - 2 pt conversion failed
1st Downs: NYM-7; O-13
Yds - Rushing NYM: 28-48, 1 TD; O:43-231, 4 TD
Yds - Passing NYM: 9-20-110; O: 4-8 78, 1 TD
Turnovers -- NYM: 1; O: 2
Penalities -- NYM: 3-15yds; O: 7-65
Total yards -- NYM: 158 yds; O: 307
Individual stats- Charlie Peeters 9-20 1 rushing TD, Shane Novak 3 rec. 69 yds, 3 rec 21 yds, Taylor Ericksrud 2 rec 17 yds, Tyler Patron 7-23 yds, Leading tackler: Noah Pesola with 7 and Novak with 7.