Osseo Orioles Road To The Prep Bowl
Nov 10, 2015 07:05AM
● By Doug Erlien
The Osseo Senior High School Orioles continue to put the game plan together for the East Ridge Raptors. But how did the team that stumbled mid-season and adjusted and has won six straight games get to this point?
Defining A Team:
Ask for one word to define this version of the Orioles and resilient is at the top of the list. The Orioles have been forced to rally in each of their four state tournament games. They have either been tied or have trailed at some point during their games and of the 192 total minutes played, the Orioles have trailed or have been tied in a little more than 93 minutes.
In the middle of the season, the Orioles battled injuries and overcame a three game losing streak, finishing the regular season with a 5-3 record. Back-to-back wins to end the year reestablished the Orioles in the championship conversation of the field of 32 teams.
In the 12 games the Orioles played this season, they had to come back from ties or a deficit in nine of them.
The Road To The Bank:
First Round: White Bear Lake- 48-21
Second Round: Hopkins – 56-34
Quarterfinals: Lakeville North – 24-21
Semifinals: Totino-Grace – 22-21
What a Rush:
To say that senior running back Prince Kruah has been a monster in the postseason would be selling him short. In four games, Kruah has rushed for 900 yards on 143 carries and has found the end zone 10 times. Kruah is a prime time player who will play a huge part in the championship game on Friday night. To put in perspective how dominant he has been, Kruah carried the ball 125 times for 756 yards and six scores in seven regular season games.
While Kruah has carried the load of the ground attack, senior quarterback Malik Gaillard has put together a solid postseason. Gaillard completed 60 percent of his passes, averaged 112 yards per game, and has thrown for nine touchdowns. Those numbers are a huge reason the Orioles are playing for a championship at TCF Bank. His favorite target Damario Armstrong has 20 receptions for 298 yards and five touchdowns.