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Maple Grove Balanced in Homecoming Win Over Wayzata

Oct 01, 2016 05:49PM ● By Doug Erlien
After finishing the first half of the 2016 regular season 2-2, the Maple Grove Senior High Crimson may have turned a corner against the Wayzata High School on Friday, Sept. 30 as they dominated the Trojans 35-7.

With homecoming as the backdrop, the Crimson put together a balanced offensive attack that gave Head Coach Matt Lombardi another victory against the Wayzata program he helped win three state championships.

Senior running back Ryan Hanscome was a huge factor in the running game as he scored two of the Crimson touchdowns and ran for 101 yards on the night.

“The last couple of games, I’ve been trying to a little bit too much,“ Hanscome said. “If I just stick to who I am and run more north and south, and just make one cut going as hard as I can, that’s when good things are going to start happening.”  

His head coach agreed.

“He’s a downhill runner and when we’ve had Clark (Wieneke) and Isaac (Collins) and those guys who want to bust it, I think he’s got to know what his strengths are and being a really physical runner,” Lombardi said.

Quarterback Brad Davison added 91 yards on the ground and scored a touchdown, but it was his work through the air that provided the offensive balance. Davison completed 18 of 23 passes for 225 yards and three touchdowns.

The Crimson opened the game with a 16 play drive that went 73 yards and ended with a one 
yard Davison score. That drive set the tone for the entire night.

“I thought we had a good rhythm,” Lombardi said. “We had a lot of 16 play, 12 play drives. It was a lot of methodical drives. I was proud of it.”

While the offense was busy churning out 424 yards of total offense, the defense kept the Trojans off balance not allowing a score until the fourth quarter when they were leading 28-0.

The Crimson victory broke a two game losing streak and gave Lombardi his third victory in as many tries against the Trojans but for Lombardi, the victory on homecoming is about celebrating the past.

 “Homecoming becomes really fun if you play well,” Lombardi said. “The whole homecoming week surrounds the football game and we better perform well. This is about the alumni coming back and we want to make it something proud for them.”

Maple Grove (3-2) will travel to Minnetonka (4-1) to face the Skippers Friday, Oct. 7.

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