Maple Grove Defense Dominates Wayzata
Sep 19, 2015 05:22PM
By Doug Erlien
Maple Grove Senior High v. Wayzata High School Varsity Football game Sept. 18.
The rugged early season schedule continued Friday, Sept. 18 as the Maple Grove Senior High School Crimson varsity
football team traveled to Plymouth to take on the Wayzata High School Trojans.
A week after the offense was the story against top ranked Eden Prairie, it was
the defense that shone in the 24-6 win.
After owning the time of possession last week against Eden Prairie, the Crimson started the game in the same fashion. Maple Grove took the opening kickoff and marched down the field, chewing up yards and more than seven minutes off the clock before Crimson Junior Quarterback Brad Davison capped the drive with a one yard touchdown.
From there, it was the defense that proved to be the story of the night. The Crimson forced four turnovers in total. The second came with a little more than a minute remaining before halftime when Wayzata Quarterback Jake Marsh couldn’t handle the snap and left it lying on the Wayzata field turf. Davison found junior wide receiver Teddy Raasch in the corner of the end zone with six seconds left before halftime to give the Crimson a 14-0 lead.
Neither offense was able to establish itself until late in the third quarter when Sam Ross scored his first touchdown of the season from three yards out extending the lead to 21-0. A fourth quarter 38-yard field goal from Jared Martinson pushed the lead to 24-0 before the Trojans finally answered scoring on a two play 80-yard drive.
“Our offense didn’t play well,” Lombardi said following the win. “We had a lot of penalties in the fourth quarter and didn’t allow ourselves to bury them. But our defense responded nicely and we’re hoping by playoff time they’re a formidable bunch.”
The Crimson return home Friday, Sept. 25 and will host the Minnetonka Skippers for their Homecoming game.
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