After 10-0 lead, Bengals fall flat in 56-10 loss to Osseo

Through the first quarter of play Blaine appeared to have its Northwest Suburban Conference game against Osseo (3-0) under control, thanks to a 23-yard touchdown run by quarterback Alex Copa followed by a 29-yard field goal from Grant Boege.

Osseo receiver Connor Kittleson, top, goes over Blaine defensive back Jake Keller, bottom, for one of his team-high nine catches for 209 yards and two touchdowns during the Orioles’ 56-10 win at Blaine, Sept. 13.

Osseo receiver Connor Kittleson, top, goes over Blaine defensive back Jake Keller, bottom, for one of his team-high nine catches for 209 yards and two touchdowns during the Orioles’ 56-10 win at Blaine, Sept. 13.Photo by Jason Olson

That was before Osseo really found itself and scored 56 unanswered points in a 56-10 Northwest Suburban Conference win at Bengals Stadium Sept. 13.

“They’re a good football team,” Bengals coach Tom Develice said after seeing the Orioles’ potent attack first hand. “They have some big, fast receivers and they stopped us on defense and kept scoring.”

Orioles quarterback Matt Miedtke completed 19-31 passes for 325 yards and three touchdowns. Receiver Connor Kittleson pulled in nine catches for 209 yards and two touchdowns. The running back tandem of Jaimen Hampton and Price Krauh carried the ball just six and seven times for 88 and 75 yards, respectively. Segun Adedeji took a reverse 75 yards for the final score of the game.

Develice said the Bengals were prepared for the deep fade passes, but still couldn’t stop them. “We defended it early on but our offense couldn’t do a good job in the second half and they left our defense hanging out there a little bit,” he said.

Blaine quarterback Alex Kline, left, runs for a big gain during the first half against Osseo, Sept. 13. Photo by Bill Jones

Blaine quarterback Alex Copa, left, runs for a big gain during the first half against Osseo, Sept. 13. Photo by Bill Jones

The Bengals defense rarely got a breather on the sideline in the second half. “Our kids were upset,” Develice said. “They worked hard during the week and the outcome was little bit hard. Like we told them, it was one game and they have five games left and it just leads toward a goal of a conference championship.”

Blaine's Riley Hedstrom tries to run through an Osseo tackler during their Sept. 13 game at Blaine. Photo by Bill Jones

Blaine’s Riley Hedstrom tries to run through an Osseo tackler during their Sept. 13 game at Blaine. Photo by Bill Jones

Through the first two games, the Bengals didn’t turn the ball over, but Friday night that changed as two interceptions translated into Osseo points, including its first touchdown to make it 10-7, three seconds into the second quarter.

This week is Homecoming week for the Bengals which host Maple Grove (3-0). The Crimson outscored the opposition 106-20 in those wins. They are led by senior running back Tahi Nomane, who has run for 586 yards and six touchdowns in three games including 294 yards against Hopkins and four touchdowns against Armstrong.

“The front seven are the strength of our defense and we just make it simple, line-up and have some fun,” Develice said about going against one of the top running backs in the metro.

The Bengals had linebackers Mandry Stewart and Jimmy Kittleson back on the field against Osseo.

Jason Olson is at
jason.olson@ecm-inc.com

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