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Saints top Green Devils in season opener

Aug 28, 2020 11:24PM ● By Travis Charlson, Savannah Howe

Ryan Cole ran for a hard-fought 5 touchdowns and nearly 200 yards in St. Ansgar's win

The St. Ansgar Saints knocked off cross-county rivals the Osage Green Devils Friday to kick off the 2020 high school football season. 

The Saints cruised to a 35-12 win over the Green Devils, and will take home the L.R. Falk Trophy for the 8th time in the last 11 seasons. 

“Felt good to be out here doing what we enjoy doing,” said head coach Drew Clevenger. “I think it’s good for the kids, good for the schools and good for the communities, it gave us a little bit of normalcy and here we are back doing what we all want to do.” 

The Saints scored on their first drive of the game, and Osage scored a touchdown of their own right after but missed the extra point. 7-6 was as close as the football game would be, however, as the Saints tightened up defensively and got the victory. 

“We think we have a chance to be pretty good,” Clevenger said. “On first glance, there’s some things we can clean up and I’m sure when we look at the film we’ll find some things to work on. But I was really proud of the kids’ effort. Osage gave us a great game and just really proud of the way our kids played.”

First-year Osage head coach Torian Wolf came up short in his first game on Sawyer Field, but is optimistic looking forward.  

“It was an exciting atmosphere. I enjoyed every second of it, the ability to be out here,” Wolf said. “I wished it would have been a different outcome, but definitely love being a part of this community. Hopefully the future of the season is better.”

Wolf said his first Osage-St. Ansgar was a learning experience for him and his team, who is making the jump from 8-man football (at Rockford, his former team) to 11 man. 

“I definitely [learned a lot tonight.],” Wolf said.  “I mean, it’s a different type of game when you’re playing against a team like that, that has the ability to run the same play over and over again and just deliver the blows on you and you can’t do anything to stop it. It’s a mentality thing. We’re just going to preach to the kids that they need to have a tougher mentality than [their opponent].”

Osage will head to Clear Lake next week, and the Saints will host Garner Hayfield Ventura.