Photos: Maple Grove Uses Second Quarter Surge to Defeat Wayzata
Oct 20, 2017 06:59AM ● Published by Doug Erlien
Justin Stolp scores for the Crimson.
Gallery: Maple Grove 35 Wayzata 10 [9 Images] Click any image to expand.
Drawing a literary comparison, the game played like "A Tale of Two Cities".
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
After Wayzata kicked a field goal, thanks to a misplayed punt which gave the Trojans great field position, the Crimson offense answered.
A 16-play drive that went for 80 yards capped off on an Justin Stolp touchdown run. The defense and special teams would take over from there.
The Wayzata punt game had a rough night as the Trojans fumbled the snap setting up the Crimson for their second touchdown a five-yard run by Evan Hull who went untouched into the end zone.
On the next possession, Maple Grove blocked the Wayzata punt leading to a special teams touchdown by Joe Raymon extending the Crimson lead to 21-3.
Maple Grove would extend the lead to 28-3 on the arm of quarterback Curtis Haugen as he connected with Raymon with 23 seconds left in the half.
Then the came the second half.
Crimson Head Coach Matt Lombardi has watched plenty of football at the field at Wayzata high school. Since becoming the head coach at Maple Grove, the Crimson have never lost to the Trojans, a program he helped turn into a football powerhouse in the early 2000’s.
He watched as his Crimson turned the ball over four times and didn’t score again until the fourth quarter.
“The biggest problem with our team is self inflicted wounds,” Lombardi said. “We get things going and then snap the ball early and fumble - we had four turnovers that really only one was forced.”
Wayzata would score in the third quarter to close the gap to 28-10, but would get no closer. Raymon scored his third touchdown of the game, this one on the ground in the fourth quarter to make it a 35-10 final.
“I’m happy with a win,” Lombardi said. “Anytime you play the schedule we did this year, I’m proud of our kids, they’ve really faced the top five teams in the state.”
The tough schedule, which included games against top ranked teams Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, and Edina, have Maple Grove ready for the postseason.
The Crimson picked up the third seed in the section and will host Wayzata in a rematch next Friday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m.