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Maple Grove Topples Top Ranked Tonka

Sep 16, 2018 06:49PM ● By Doug Erlien

The Maple Grove Crimson football team was given a wake up call in their week two road loss to Prior Lake. That game propelled the Crimson into their best week of practice in the young season as MGSH Head Coach Matt Lombardi’s team prepared to face top ranked Minnetonka in the home opener Friday, Sept. 14 .

“I’m proud of them,” Lombardi said. “Prior Lake is a good team and I thought we still played physical against them. That game was a great experience for us. You come back against Minnetonka and we weren’t overwhelmed because we saw Prior Lake the week before. If you are constantly seeing good teams week in and week out, their film doesn’t look as scary because you are so used to seeing it.”

Senior running back Evan Hull ran for three touchdowns in the first half, setting the tone for the game and giving the Crimson a 21-10 lead at the half. Hull who shredded the Skipper defense for 199 yards, has amassed 706 yards and eight touchdowns in three games this season.

“I tell myself before every play talking to the defense, ‘you can’t stop me’,” Hull said. “I say that every play.”

Photos Maple Grove Crimson Defeat Top Ranked Minnetonka - Sep 16 2018 0649PM

Photos: Maple Grove Crimson Defeat Top Ranked Minnetonka 

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Hull scored his first touchdown of the night from three yards out after a short Minnetonka punt gave the Crimson great field position. His second came from 48-yards when he sprinted past Skippers defenders to the end zone. Hull capped the first half scoring for Maple Grove with a six-yard run to give his team the 21-10 lead at the half. 

It was the Crimson defense that stepped up in the second half. Archie Zogaa stripped the football and ran 17 yards for a touchdown less than a minute into the third quarter. The next Skipper possession, quarterback Aaron Syverson was intercepted by Zane Mandle who scored a 25 yard touchdown extending the lead to 35-10.

The Crimson (2-1) host Burnsville 7 p.m. Sept. 21 for Homecoming at Crimson Stadium.  

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