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Turnovers, Penalties Costly in Maple Grove's Loss to Eden Prairie

Oct 01, 2017 08:58PM ● Published by Doug Erlien

There is a term that legendary pro-wrestling announcer Jim Ross used to describe a big match. The word was slobberknocker and when it came to Eden Prairie, the top ranked team in 6A football coming in to Maple Grove to face the Crimson, the word fit.

The Eagles used the same formula of tough nosed defense and a bend you until you break, run the ball until they break you, offense that has won Head Coach Mike Grant’s teams 10 state championships in their 28-7 win over the Crimson.

Maple Grove was game defensively forcing the Eagles to punt on their first two possessions without a first down. Offensively, the Crimson couldn’t take advantage as the two teams traded punts in a scoreless first quarter.

The Eagles capitalized on Maple Grove penalties and scored the first points of the tilt late in the first half leading to their 7-0 halftime lead and Eden Prairie continued their streak of not allowing a single point in the first half this season.

Eden Prairie received the second half kickoff and marched the ball down the field on a bone crushing 18-play drive of 73 yards and melted nearly seven minutes off the third quarter clock, scoring on a pass from Cole Kramer to Davis Jaeger that gave the Eagles a 14-0 lead.

The Crimson would turnover the ball to the Eagles via a fumble late in the third quarter and Eden Prairie scored on the next play as Grant Harstad ran 48-yards for the touchdown extending the lead to 21-0.

The Crimson got on the board when Evan Hull, who ran for 160 yards on the night, scored the lone Crimson touchdown midway through the fourth quarter cutting the deficit to 21-7. Maple Grove would force a fumble on the next Eagles offensive series, but could not capitalize.

Eden Prairie would capitalize on a second Crimson turnover which would lead to their final touchdown of the night, a four yard touchdown run by Antonio Montero.

The Crimson (3-2) travel to Lakeville next week to face Lakeville North.  

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