Maple Grove, Osseo Football Struggle on the Road
Sep 17, 2016 10:44AM ● Published by Doug Erlien
The Maple Grove Crimson traveled to Edina on Friday, Sept. 16 to take on the Hornets during their homecoming. Despite picking up three touchdowns from quarterback Brad Davison, the Crimson couldn’t overcome penalties in their first loss of the season.
Offense was hard to come by in the first half as the Hornets scored the only touchdown, a one-yard plunge by quarterback Brock Boltmann. The extra-point was missed giving Edina a 6-0 halftime lead.
The Hornets didn’t waste any time adding to their lead in the second half. Parker Rickert took the opening kickoff at the 11-yard line and weaved his way 89-yards to the end zone extending the lead.
The Crimson finally scored with 4:35 left in the third quarter when Davison found Ky Carlson on a 17-yard pass to the end zone cutting the Hornets lead to 13-7. Edina answered a little more than two minutes later when Boltmann scored his second one-yard touchdown, then executed the two-point conversion giving the Hornets a 21-7 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Maple Grove scored on a 30-yard Davison run early in the fourth quarter making it a one possession game.
After holding the Hornets late in the quarter, the Crimson drive and Davison scored on the ground again from nine yards out. The extra point failed leaving the Crimson trailing 21-20 with two minutes remaining.
The Hornets capitalized two first downs and ran the clock out for the victory.
Maple Grove returns home next Friday, Sept. 23 against Eden Prairie.
Anoka 25, Osseo 11
The Osseo Orioles traveled to Anoka for a conference matchup Friday, Sept. 16. The Orioles struggled to find their offense and watched as Tornado running back Ollie Nigh rushed for 270 yards and score a pair of touchdowns.
Osseo scored first on a 25-yard field goal, but from there it was all Anoka. Nigh scored his first touchdown from eight yards out, but the extra-point was no good giving Anoka a 6-3 lead. The Tornadoes added to their lead in the second quarter when a Greg Arrell threw a backward lateral leading to a safety giving Anoka a 8-3 lead at the half.
The Tornadoes added to their lead in the third quarter when quarterback Jared Wiber found Ryan Wesp for the touchdown.
The Orioles found the end zone in the fourth quarter when junior Aaron Jupal scored a five-yard touchdown cutting the deficit to 15-11. Anoka would answer with a 24-yard field goal and a second Nigh rushing touchdown.
The Orioles drop to 1-2 on the season and welcome the top ranked team in 5A, the Totino-Grace Eagles, to Carl Tonn Field Friday, Sept. 23.