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Photos: Maple Grove Football Ends Season With Loss to Eden Prairie

Nov 17, 2017 05:01AM ● By Doug Erlien
The Maple Grove Crimson fell to the Eden Prairie Eagles 26-0 in the Class 6A State Semifinals at U.S. Bank Stadium.

“I have never been prouder of a team than I am of you,” Head Coach Matt Lombardi told his team following the loss. “Hold your heads high. You gave every ounce.”

Defensively, the Crimson held their own in the first half allowing just a pair of Antonio Montero field goals after big plays by the Eagles set them up in great position to score, but the Crimson defense was equal to the task in the first half holding Eden Prairie to just field goals.

The second half was all Eden Prairie. The Eagles ran for 187 yards in the second half and wore the Crimson defense out.

Eden Prairie scored to open the second half on a drive that went 10-plays and amassed 65 yards. Antonoio Montero scored from 9-yards out to extend the lead to 13-0.

After the Crimson went 3-and-out on their first possession, the Eagles went back to work and scored again on a 13-play, 71-yard drive that carried over into the fourth quarter. In total, Eden Prairie owned the third quarter running 24 plays for 136 yards and controlled the ball nearly 11 minutes of the quarter.

The next Crimson drive stalled when the Eagles forced a fumble after a Joe Raymon catch on first down. The Eagles capitalized again with another long drive, spanning 12-plays that ate up nearly six minutes of the fourth quarter clock.

“Eden Prairie is a champion for a reason,” Lombardi said. “I’m proud of this team. They played six of the eight that were in the final eight and had a lot of guys playing both ways.”

Defensively, the Eagles held Crimson junior running back Evan Hull to just 59-yards rushing. It marked the first time all season that Hull was held under the 100-yard mark.

Senior quarterback Curtis Haugen finished 12-22 for 146 yards in the loss.  

The Crimson finish the season with an 8-4 record but gave fans the most memorable game in program history in the comeback victory over St. Michael-Albertville.

 "...You gave me everything you had and I could not be more proud of you," 
Lombardi told his team following the game. 

Scoring Summary:
1st Quarter- Antonio Montero 37-yard FG – 3-0 Eden Prairie
2nd Quarter- Antonio Montero 31-yard FG – 6-0 Eden Prairie
3rd Quarter- Antonio Montero 9-yard run (Montero kick) – 13-0 Eden Prairie
4th Quarter- Antonio Montero 1-yard run (Montero kick) – 20-0 Eden Prairie
4th Quarter- Jack Tuttle 20 yard pass from Cole Kramer (Matt Elsaas kick failed) – 26-0 Eden Prairie


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