Crimson Defeat Minnetonka on Homecoming
Sep 26, 2015 01:30AM ● Published by Doug Erlien
Senior running back Isaac Collins (3) celebrates his first of four touchdowns.
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The Maple Grove Senior High School Crimson football team improved to 4-2 with a 35-14 win over Minnetonka High School Skippers on homecoming night at Crimson Stadium. Senior running back Isaac Collins set the tone offensively scoring four touchdowns (three rushing and a punt return).
The Skippers jumped out to a 7-0 lead after they drove down the field converting on three third downs and capping the 10 play 76 yard drive with a touchdown. Maple Grove would answer a little over a minute later when Collins scored his first touchdown of the game. He would strike again before halftime when he returned a Skipper punt for a touchdown giving the Crimson a 14-7 lead at the half.
After the Skippers forced a punt on the opening possession of the second half,
they took advantage of a simultaneous possession call by the officials that
appeared to be a Maple Grove interception tying the game at 14.
“We didn’t play really well,” Collins said. “We kind of knew all game we were going to win but second half we got things rolling and pulled away.”
The Crimson as they had done on the earlier Minnetonka touchdown would march down the field and provide an answer when junior quarterback Brad Davison found tight end Will Reul putting Maple Grove on top for good.
“We’ve been very good after scores,” Crimsn Head Coach Matt Lombardi said. “We have a goal that after a score we have to get at least three first downs and score to give our ‘d’ a chance to recover.”
Once the Crimson regained the lead, the defense took over forcing a Minnetonka punt. Two plays later, Collins scored his third touchdown of the night from 60 yards out giving his team some breathing room at 28-14.
Collins would add his 11th touchdown of the season in the fourth quarter giving the Crimson a homecoming victory.
“Give Tonka credit,” said Lombardi. “They came out and played with more enthusiasm and emotion and well deserved they were where they should be going into the fourth quarter and I thought we responded well.”
The Crimson head to Prior Lake High School next Friday before returning home Oct. 9 to close the season against Shakopee High School.
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