June 15, 2024

Turnovers costly for WCA/A against Osakis

The 2022 West Central Area/Ashby seniors were recognized at the home finale Friday, Oct. 14, in Barrett. Seniors include (front, left) Peyton Hansen, Beau Robinson, Justin Blascyk, Blake Flint, Damon Sanstead, Parker Stach, (back, left) Anthony Sykora, Cole Anderson, Brett Amundson and Isaac Kreft. Photo by Kendra Stark

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Brooke Kern

Grant
County
Herald

Four turnovers were a key factor in a 35-12 Osakis victory over West Central Area/Ashby in prep football action Friday, Oct. 14, on senior night in Barrett.

The Osakis Silverstreaks forced two turnovers in WCA/A’s first two drives of the game in a rematch of the 2021 Section 6AA championship game.

“The turnovers were huge,” Osakis head coach Bill Infanger told the Echo Press. “They have a powerful offense that can run the ball with [Anthony] Sykora and put the ball in the air too. So getting turnovers and getting up to that big lead was huge.”

“It’s a great rivalry,” Infanger added. “We kind of had this one circled on the calendar because they ended our season last year.”

Osakis cruised to a 28-6 halftime lead. Tyson Hagedon scored on runs of four yards, nine yards, and seven yards and Kyle Mages added a 25-yard touchdown run for the Silverstreaks, who were 3-for-3 in extra points and 1-for-2 on two-point conversions in the game.

The Knights finally got on the board in the second quarter when Brady Lindquist found Anthony Sykora wide open for a 30-yard touchdown with just under three minutes left in the half.

Late in the third, Hagedon added his fourth rushing touchdown of the night to give Osakis a 35-6 lead after the extra point.

Sykora launched a 49-yard touchdown pass to Nasir Dotts for the final score of the game around the 5:30 mark in the fourth quarter.

“The overall message after this loss was that I was proud of their effort and how they kept fighting,” WCA/A coach Nate Wood told the Echo Press. “The message was that we can’t kill ourselves in big football games. In football, just like in life, you have opportunities, and you got to seize the opportunities. Osakis did a great job of seizing those opportunities.”

Lindquist and Sykora combined for 15-of-28 through the air for 200 yards. Sam Hanson picked up a fumble recovery for the defense.

The Knights close out the regular season at Underwood Wednesday, Oct. 19. Section 6AA football playoffs start Oct. 25.

Osakis 35

West Central-Ashby 12

Osakis – 13 15 7 0 – 35 

WCA-Ashby – 0 6 0 6 -12

SCORING

1ST – Tyson Hagedon, 4-yard run (Tronicke PAT) 6:15 (Osakis 7-0); Tyson Hagedon, 9-yard run (2-pt conversion no-good) 4:40 (Osakis 13-0)

2ND – Tyson Hagedon, 7-yard run (2-pt conversion good, Kyle Mages run) 7:17 (Osakis 21-0); Kyle Mages, 25-yard run (Tronicke PAT) 5:20 (Osakis 28-0); WCA-Ashby, Brady Lindquist 30-yard pass to Anthony Sykora (2-pt conversion no good) 2:56 (Osakis 28-6)

3RD – Tyson Hagedon, 3-yard run (Tronicke PAT), 1:43 (Osakis 35-6)

4TH – Anthony Sykora 49-yard pass to Nasir Dotts (2-pt conversion no good) 5:29 (Osakis 35-12)

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