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Charlie Peeters hands off to Tyler Patron. Patron got the Eagles on the scoreboard on a five-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Robert Williams/FOCUS

Osakis uses turnovers to run past New York Mills

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The Osakis football team knew from a loss to KMS in week one how impossible it is to overcome five turnovers in a game. Now New York Mills does too.

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The Silverstreaks created a handful of takeaways on Friday night as they ran past the Eagles 35-14 to even their record at 1-1 on the young season.

"We talked about it as a coaching staff that this was a must-win game for us," Osakis Head Coach Bill Infanger said. "We didn't like where our season was going if we went 0-2 going into the meat of our schedule, so this is a huge win."

Osakis wasted no time setting the tone. Junior quarterback Jordan Frederick capped off the opening drive with a touchdown run that made it 6-0 early.

The Eagles moved the ball deep to the Osakis 13-yard line on the ensuing possession. Back-to-back penalties pushed a scoring opportunity away and Osakis' Hunter Johnson read a pass perfectly and collected the first of four interceptions on the night for Osakis. Senior Brian Thorstad then went 51 yards for a touchdown on the very next play.

"I noticed they were going to probably pass it to him," Johnson said. "I just picked up that interception and that pretty much picked up our whole team. I felt like that helped us a lot."

The Eagles didn't touch the ball again until the score was 21-0. The Osakis coaches noticed that New York Mills was playing 15 yards off the ball on the ensuing kickoff. The Silverstreaks took advantage of that, executing an onside kick that gave them the ball right back. Thorstad added his second touchdown a few plays later after Kilar Zimmel made a nice catch around the one-yard line to set it up.

New York Mills could never recover from that. Frederick added another touchdown run in the third quarter before Hunter Scherr put the finishing touches on the win with a 21-yard scoring run in the fourth.

"We played better than last week but we still haven't played up to our expectations or I believe the players expectations," New York Mills Head Coach Matt Radniecki said. "This was a game that seemed like everything that could go wrong went wrong at the right time for Osakis."

In the end, Osakis' five takeaways to just one turnover was the biggest difference in the game. Zimmel, Drew Fearing and Trey Erie all joined Johnson with interceptions. That made getting to .500 after two games a lot easier on a team that still has some lofty goals set for itself.

"That was really important," Zimmel said. "We needed to get inside their heads like KMS got inside our heads. We turned the table and got those turnovers. When there's that many turnovers, you can see it. We lost with that many turnovers but we also win when we force that many."

"The turnovers hurt us also but we need to create a few turnovers for ourselves on defense," Radniecki said. "Take nothing away from (Osakis), they played well but we had chances and didn't use them to our advantage."

New York Mills hosts Royalton (2-0) this Friday, Sept. 14 in the Eagles' home opener. Getting a victory will not be easy against the Royals. Royalton defeated Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 19-14 on the road in week one. Last Friday, the Royals crushed United North Central at home 42-8.

Focus Sports Editor Robert Williams contributed to this story.

Scoring Summary:

Osakis 14 7 7 7 35

NYM 0 0 6 8 14

Scoring summary for NYM:

Tyler Patron 5 yd run PAT no good

Peeters to Pesola 15 yd touchdown pass 2 pt Peeters to Adam Patron

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