ELK RIVER, Minn. — Cade Osterman is a quarterback, but he prefers to establish the ground game over anything.
He has the option to hand it off to one of three starting running backs, or he can just run it himself.
One of the plays Elk River uses has Osterman fake the handoff, hide the ball on his outside hip, and take off around the edge.
That play in particular has helped him rack up over 200 yards in a few games this season, including the most important they've played in all year, the Class AAAAA state semifinal. But Osterman knows his efforts would be in vain if he didn't have his offensive line, along with the rest of his backs, blocking for him.
"Everybody compliments each other, and the o-line, we've had experience the last couple years and they know what they're doing," said Osterman. "I have a lot a lot of confidence in them, and they've been outstanding all year. They allow me to make plays. They allow everyone else to make plays, and it's just really meshed all year long."
The Elks face off with Mankato West for the Class AAAAA state championship Saturday, Dec. 3 at U.S. Bank Stadium.
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