Maple Grove Faces Top Ranked Eden Prairie, History in Thursday Night Match Up
Sep 27, 2017 04:01AM
● By Doug Erlien
Crimson receiver Teddy Raasch couldn't come down with the pass against the Eagles.
When the top ranked Eden Prairie Eagles come to Crimson stadium to face Maple Grove on Thursday, Sept. 28, they do so having lost only one regular season game over the past five seasons.
In a word, they are dominant.
State championships have become a norm for the Eagles, with 10 title trophies in their possession. Eden Prairie has had 20 state tournament appearances in 21 seasons - including a streak of 12 in a row.
Including the 4-0 start in 2017, Mike Grant’s Eagles are a combined 35-1 over the past five seasons. In that time span, they have outscored their opponents 1,285 to 391 which breaks down to an average score of 35-10.
In their four victories this season (Eastview, Lakeville North, Prior Lake and Wayzata), the Eagles have not allowed a single point to opponents in the first half of their games.
A fast start against Eden Prairie is a must for the Crimson, but teams have found that easier to talk about when putting together the game plan than actually executing it on game day.
The Crimson have not been able to solve the puzzle of the top team in Minnesota high school football, but they have played the Eagles tight and have come close.
Eden Prairie's win over the Crimson in the state quarterfinals last year and the game in Head Coach Matt Lombardi’s first season (a 35-0 win for Eden Prairie), the contests between the two teams have been tightly contested games - with Eden Prairie coming out on top.
2016- 63-21 *State Tournament
2014- 13-7 *State Tournament
No. 1 Eden Prairie (4-0) vs. No. 7 Maple Grove (3-1)
7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28
Crimson Stadium located at Maple Grove Senior High, 9800 Fernbrook Lane.