It took Totino-Grace one quarter of play to do so, but the consensus top-ranked team in Class 6A did exactly what an elite program should against an opponent with just one victory in three games.
Totino-Grace (4-0) dominated, specifically on defense, en route to a 36-7 victory over Osseo (1-3). The Eagles' front seven recorded six sacks on the combination of Orioles quarterbacks Greg Arrell and Martelius Hughes.
With 4 minutes, 54 seconds left in the first half, Arrell was strip-sacked, and the Eagles' Kameron White picked up the ball and ran 35 yards for a touchdown. It was one of three Totino-Grace takeaways and put the Eagles up 14-7.
"Our defense is playing fast," Totino-Grace coach Jeff Ferguson said. "Our guys have a nice energy about them and they are really focused."
The Eagles eventually found their way on the ground behind senior running back Ivan Burlak, who rushed for 126 yards and scored the team's first touchdown in the second quarter.
The other half of the Eagles' two-headed rushing attack, Gayflor Flomo, added 76 total yards and scored two touchdowns.
"I love the offensive line," Burlak said with a shout. "If they didn't do what they do then we couldn't run like we do."
Ellis L. Williams