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Photos: Maple Grove Football Runs Past Roseville in Second Round

Nov 04, 2017 02:48PM ● By Doug Erlien
The Maple Grove Crimson Football team advanced to the state tournament for the fifth straight season as they defeated Roseville 41-28 on Friday, Nov. 3 at Roseville High School behind a record night rushing for Maple Grove junior running back Evan Hull.

“I think everyone came here thinking it was going to be a 6-0 game,” Crimson Head Coach Matt Lombardi said. “It ended up being a shootout.”

With a fresh coat of snow blanketing the field, the Crimson scored on their first play from scrimmage when Hull scampered 80 yards for the touchdown and a 7-0 lead. Ultimately, Hull would score four times and rush for 388 yards setting the Crimson single game rushing record previously held by Ethan Magstadt. Hull also set the Crimson single season rushing record set by Isaac Collins in 2014.

Leading 14-0, the Crimson turned the ball over when quarterback Curtis Haugen threw an interception giving the Raiders life. They would score on the next play cutting the lead to 14-7. After the Crimson offense went 3-and-out, the Raiders would take advantage of a muffed punt and recover deep in Maple Grove territory. They would score again and tie the game at 14.

The Crimson regained the lead and momentum as Hull scored his third touchdown of the game. Joe Raymon would add a touchdown before the halftime break which gave Maple Grove a 28-14 lead.

The grounds crew at Roseville deserve a ton of credit for clearing the field at halftime and getting it ready.

Neither team would score in the third quarter, but the Crimson ground game scored again. Justin Stolp carried Raiders with him en route to a 41-yard touchdown giving the Crimson a 34-14. Roseville would score two fourth quarter touchdowns to keep the game close, but the Crimson answered both scores with one of their own.

With the win, Maple Grove advances to face St. Michael-Albertville on 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9 at Park Center High School.


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