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White Bear Lake holds off Osseo comeback attempt

By Luke Hanlon, SportsEngine, 10/15/21, 6:00PM CDT


A defensive touchdown for White Bear Lake ended Osseo's chances to tie the game.

White Bear Lake running back Anthony Lewis-Royal (3) scored three rushing touchdowns against Osseo Friday night. The Bears defeated the Orioles 41-27 at Osseo High School. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

It doesn’t always take all three phases of the game to show up to win a football game, but that’s what was needed for White Bear Lake on Friday night. 

“All phases contributed,” White Bear Lake coach Ryan Bartlett said. “Special teams touchdown, a defensive touchdown, we ran the football, so I thought all three phases contributed in some way.” 

The offense didn’t have much trouble, as it scored 26 points in White Bear Lake’s 41-27 win over Osseo. The dynamic rushing duo of Anthony Lewis-Royal and Rayshaun Brakes was the highlight, as they combined to run for 209 of the Bears’ (5-2, 4-1) 254 rushing yards. They also scored all four offensive touchdowns. Lewis-Royal found the endzone three times and Brakes added one. 

White Bear Lake’s Rayshaun Brakes dashed downfield for a first half touchdown run against Osseo Friday night. Brakes added an 80-yard kickoff return TD in the Bears’ 41-27 victory over the Orioles. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

First Report

White Bear Lake was able to hold off a second-half comeback attempt by Osseo on Friday night and come away with a 41-27 victory on the road. 

The first half was nearly perfect for the Bears (5-2, 4-1), as they scored on their first three drives and held the Orioles (4-3, 3-2) scoreless. 

That changed when Cade Fitzgerald ripped off a 65-yard touchdown run late in the first half to get the Orioles on the board. 

The momentum swung back to the Bears right away after halftime, as Rayshaun Brakes returned the second-half kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown. 

The Orioles were able to respond with three straight touchdown drives, all three capped off by TJ Clay rushing touchdowns. Clay  finished the game with 91 rushing yards. Anthony Lewis-Royal was able to match Clay with three scores himself and 111 rushing yards for the Bears. 

After all of the offense, the Orioles were able to make a stop on fourth down to give their offense a chance at a game-tying drive. Instead, Michael Delaney came up with a 19-yard scoop-and-score to secure a win for the Bears.

Osseo’s TJ Clay breaks free for a 37-yard touchdown run against White Bear Lake Friday night. Clay scored three second half TDs in the Orioles’ 41-27 loss to the Bears. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

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