Owls face tall task in playoff clash against Breckenridge
After missing out on the playoffs a year ago, the Oscoda football team came into the season with a ton of numbers and a ton of potential, which eventually led to the team making its second playoff appearance three years.
The Owls (6-3) will travel to Breckenridge (8-1) for a first round playoff matchup against a Huskies team that is riding an eight game winning streak.
Oscoda opened the year as winners of four of its first five games before suffering two consecutive North Star League defeats and needing a pair of wins to guarantee a playoff spot and that’s exactly what the Owls did.
Oscoda has able to put points on the board in many different ways during the year as the Owls have been led by do-it-all senior quarterback Nathan Nagel.
Nagel combined for more than 1,400 all-purpose yards and 23 total touchdowns. Nagel leads the Owls in rushing with 758 yards on the ground and 11 touchdowns. He added 654 yards through the air and 12 passing touchdowns as Oscoda scored at least 20 points in every game during the regular season.
Along with Nagel, Andrew Dault and Clyde Whitney both provide a spark for the Owls offense. Dault has rushed for 557 yards and eight touchdowns, while Whitney has scored seven times and ran for 363 yards.
Nagel’s go-to target all season has been Grant Huebel who has hauled in 15 receptions for 313 yards and five touchdowns. Jayvon Sutherland also has four touchdown catches on the year and Lamrock has three.
As explosive as the offense has been this year, Oscoda’s defense has been just as solid at times. The Owls held their opponents to 13 points or fewer on five different occasions during the regular season with all of those games resulting in an Oscoda victory.
The Owls will need to continue putting points on the board, because their defense will be in for its toughest test of the season against a Breckenridge offense that is unique and filled with playmakers, starting at the quarterback position.
Junior Carter Staley makes the Huskies offense click as they run a modified version of the wing-T as well as giving opposing defenses other looks.
Breckenridge allows Staley to make his own call as the Huskies run read-option plays out of their modified wing-T. Staley has several options, including calling his own number which he has done much of the season and it has led to success.
Staley is a dual-threat signal caller that can run physically between the tackles and throw the ball down the field.
Along with Staley, the Huskies like getting the ball into the hands of Lukas Ebright who lines up in the backfield and sometimes is motioned out wide to a receiver position. Ebright is the Huskies most athletic player that possesses the most speed on the team and his ability to accelerate and outrun defenders creates big plays for Breckenridge.
The Huskies have another big playmaker in 6-foot-2 wide receiver Brennan Waslusky whose size makes him difficult to cover and Staley has had no issues getting the ball to him and any of his other backs and receivers throughout the year.
Breckenridge has scored 40 points or more in five games this season and have 315 total for the year while allowing just 89.
This first round game will be a test for both teams and one that could be a potential shootout with the Owls and Huskies both led by dual-threat quarterbacks in Nagel and Staley.
Oscoda will be looking for its first playoff win since 2000, while the Huskies are hoping to win their first playoff game in school history.