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Eagles take it on the chin at Osakis

The Osakis Silverstreaks shut down the visiting New York Mills Eagles football squad holding the Eagle offense to only 43 total yards in a 49-0 shutout.

"There is not much to say other than we got the tar kicked out of us," said Eagle Head Coach Matt Radniecki. "Osakis was a very physical football team and we didn't match their intensity and physical play, at all."

Aside from the scoreboard, statistical numbers showed a distinct gap between the two teams.

First downs were 22-2. The Silverstreaks put up nearly 400 more yards than the Eagles totaling 417; 331, of which, were on the ground.

The game was a close 7-0 after the first quarter, before Osakis put up a big pass play and upped the score to 14-0. The scoring snowballed from there with Osakis putting up two touchdowns in the each of the final three quarters of play.

"We took some steps backwards. It's going to be a big task for us as coaches to get the kids going again. I was disappointed in the way we came out flat and seemingly not ready to play."

According to Radniecki, the physicality of Osakis' football team posed a tough matchup for the Eagles.

"We felt we had a good game plan for Osakis but the Silverstreaks dominated us in all phases of the game, defense, offense, and special teams. We just could not seem to get anything going on offense and on defense we tackled very poorly giving the Osakis running backs extra yards. They didn't really do anything we weren't aware of but they just came out and pounded the ball and mixed in a few passes to give their offense great success."

"We need to learn from this game but also get it out of our minds quickly. It just snowballed on us and we need to learn how to stop that in the future."

Not helping the situation at Osakis was an injury to quarterback Tanner Wegscheid, who did not return to the field in the second half. Wegscheid suffered a broken nose. His status for play on Friday has yet to be determined.

"We have some injuries but as a coaching staff we are confident that we are going to come out ready to play this week and leave Parkers with a victory."

NY Mills (1-5) will travel Friday to face winless Parkers Prairie in a big game for both teams.

"Parkers Prairie is an improved football team even though they don't have a win. We're going to have a tough task on Friday night."

The underclassmen at NY Mills had a positive week on the gridiron. The 8th grade team won two games in a row. The Eagles defeated UNC in a 9th grade game by the score of 6-0 and followed that up with a 14-0 junior varsity win.

"We had some good wins this week. Great job to both of these teams on their victories last week."

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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