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Photos: Maple Grove Wins Over Osseo

Sep 01, 2016 11:58PM ● By Wendy Erlien

Maple Grove defeated Osseo 23-13 in the season opener. (Photo By: Doug Erlien)

Maple Grove Senior High proved it’s not how you start, but how you finish on Thursday, Sept. 1 in their 23-13 season opening victory over cross-district rival Osseo Senior High.

The Crimson, turned the ball over four times in the first quarter which led to 13 points for the Orioles. The opening score came after the a bad snap sailed over punter Carter Kitterman’s head setting Osseo up first and goal at the ten yard line. Osseo would cash in when Martellus Hughes threw the first of his two touchdown passes.

Maple Grove would turn the ball over another three times in the quarter, giving Osseo prime field position.

“I thought we were going to set a state record for turnovers in a game,” Crimson Head Coach Matt Lombardi said. “I was proud we kind of stayed resilient and thought in time we were able to wear them down a little bit.”

Crimson senior quarterback Brad Davison, who hadn't defeated the Orioles in his previous two tries against the Orioles, bounced back after the two first quarter interceptions. He rushed for 160 yards and scored twice, and also completed 11 of 22 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown.

“It’s personal,” Davison said. “I’ve never beaten them in football, lost to them twice last year in basketball so I had a bad taste in my mouth and wanted to make sure I left this field with a win.”

The Crimson hadn't defeated Osseo on the field since 2009, and Lombardi hadn’t defeated the Orioles in his previous attempts.

“As Maple Grove, we’ve gotta find a way to get a little fight and little grit in us,” Lombardi said. “I’ve always felt Osseo out gritted us for a long time and it’s something as a school we need to get better at.”

While Lombardi was quick to credit his team for finding a way to win, his quarterback wanted the win for his coach.

“I wanted to get Lombo a win against Osseo,” Davison said. “You know, we’re a great team every year, but it’s kind of one that slips away.”

Davison put the finishing touches on the game with a 47-yard scamper in the fourth quarter giving his Crimson a ten point lead and Lombardi and the Crimson the win.

Turning Point:
With the Orioles leading 13-7, the Crimson punted prior to halftime. The punt hit an Osseo player in the helmet and the Crimson recovered the ball leading to a field goal at the halftime horn to make the score 13-10.

Players Of The Game:
While Davison had the big statistical game, it was the Crimson defense that earns the players of the game honors. The defense held the Orioles to just 13 points despite being put on a short field the majority of the first quarter. 

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