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Osseo Completes Fourth Quarter Comeback; Advances to Prep Bowl

Nov 06, 2015 12:19AM ● Published by Doug Erlien

Gallery: Photos: Osseo 22 v. Totino-Grace 21 Football Game Nov. 5 [35 Images] Click any image to expand.

The Osseo Senior High School  Orioles could have called it a year after losing three straight games during the middle of the season.

They didn’t.

They certainly could have waved the white flag trailing 21-7 in the fourth quarter to 
Totino-Grace in the state semi-final game.

They didn’t do that either.

The Orioles scratched and clawed their way back into the football game and in the process, punched their ticket to the state championship game.

“These kids are resilient,” said Orioles Head Coach Derrin Lamker. “Down 21-7, and they battled through it. They didn’t falter when they could have.”

The Eagles secured control of the game in the third quarter when they owned the line of scrimmage and took advantage of an Osseo interception to score twice to take a commanding 21-7 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Orioles refused to go quietly and converted on a fourth and 10 from their own 35-yard line with a fake punt that netted 11 yards to continue the drive. Running back Prince Kruah scored his second touchdown of the game with eight minutes remaining to pull the game to seven points. The defense held, giving the offense an opportunity, and they capitalized.

A big 40-yard pass play to tight end Nash Jenson down the middle of the field set up a one yard run to pull the game to within a single point. There was no question what head coach Derrin Lamker was going to do.

The Orioles were going for two and the win.

The last time Osseo and Totino-Grace met in the state tournament was 2013. The Orioles had scored a late fourth quarter touchdown to make the score 34-33. Lamker went for two and the win and came up short. 

The second time was the charm. 

Kruah took the hand off and ran into the end zone giving the Orioles the lead. Kruah didn’t proved to be the biggest difference between the 2013 game and 2015 game that propelled the Orioles into the championship for the first time since 1986 when the Orioles lost to Apple Valley.

The Orioles will face the winner of the Maple Grove and East Ridge game at 
TCFBank Stadium in the 2015 Prep Bowl, 7 p.m. Friday Nov. 13.

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