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Maple Grove Ready for Eden Prairie Rematch

Nov 08, 2016 08:15PM, Published by Doug Erlien , Categories: Sports, Schools


The Crimson celebrate after Brad Davison's fourth quarter touchdown. (photo by Doug Erlien)



No. 1 Eden Prairie (9-1) vs. No. 2 Maple Grove (8-2)
7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, 2016 
Chanhassen High School, 2200 Lyman Blvd, Chanhassen 

Tickets - Adults $9, Students $6

When the 
playoff brackets were released, the Maple Grove Crimson had a little something to prove against every probably opponent on their road to US Bank Stadium. They defeated Roseville in round one, extracting revenge on the Raiders for their victory over Maple Grove in their first trip to the state tournament under the watch of head coach Matt Lombardi. Last week, they were able to defeat Edina after the Hornets defeated the Crimson earlier in the season.  

Now, the Eden Prairie Eagles stand in the way of a Crimson trek to downtown Minneapolis. The Eagles defeated the Crimson earlier in the season and have been the dominant force in high school football. Since 2010, Eden Prairie has lost seven games. The programs to best the Eagles were  Wayzata (three), Totino-Grace (twice),  Edina and Brainerd. In 83 games, Eden Prairie is an astounding 76-7. Three of those losses came to the Wayzata Trojans when Lombardi was the defensive coordinator.

Inside The Numbers:
Since defeating the Crimson in week four 28-15, the Eagles have allowed one touchdown in last weeks game against Cretin-Derham Hall late in the fourth quarter.  

Brad Playing Big:
Last week, senior quarterback Brad Davison added to his school records as he passed Mitch Brecke’s career passing yards record 
and sits at 4,869 yards according to MN Football Hub. Davison has accounted for all but five of the offensive touchdowns scored for the Crimson.

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