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Monday, December 6, 2021

High School Football: Maple Grove passes Eden Prairie and enters Class 6A title game

Traffic meant senior midfielder Sawyer Skanson and his Maple Grove teammates were late at US Bank Stadium ahead of the 6A Class semifinal against Eden Prairie on Thursday night.

But while that might have slowed the Crimson down a bit, nothing could stop Skanson and his teammates from progressing to their first Prep Bowl appearance.

Especially after senior running quarterback Derrick Jameson landed 134 yards and two touchdowns 14 times, and the defense brought back a couple of scoring attempts when Maple Grove shot down the Eagles 35-3.

“It’s amazing to be a part of history at our school,” said Skanson. “We are the first football team to ever make it to the state championship, so this is a really big success. This is important to us and this is important to our community. ”

Crimson (11-1) are advancing to face the semi-final winner on Friday night between Lakeville South and St. Michael-Albertville in a state championship match starting at 7:00 pm on November 26.

Eden Prairie finished the season 10-2 overall.

“We just didn’t have enough to beat the good Maple Grove team tonight,” said Eagles coach Mike Grant, whose team has been battling injuries all year and only got hit a few hits earlier by injured running back Tahi Vaughn on Thursday before he could not. continue.

However, the Crimson were unable to get out of their way in the first quarter, even though the Eagles were unable to take advantage of these mistakes.

An early interception by the senior Logan Gares gave Eden Prairie the ball on Crimson 33. But the Eagles quickly turned the ball down 25.

Then, after Garys regained a fumble on Maple Grove 19, Eden Prairie only managed a 32-yard goal from Cole Nelson, which propelled the Eagles into first place 3-0.

That was the end of the Crimson night stumbling, while the Eagles were just getting started.

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“Much credit goes to our defense,” said Jameson, whose team held the lead from 9:01 to 2:59 in the first quarter despite being three back. “The attack started slowly, but when the defenses stopped them, it gave us the energy to continue.”

Maple Grove finally hit the board early in the second quarter, taking a 7-3 lead as young Jacob Keelzer hooked up with classmate Jacob Anderson on a 33-yard touchdown. Then, after the elder Jackson Powers deflected a pass from Nick Phasie in 3rd and 14th on Eden Prairie at 29 Maple Grove, Jameson took the ball 77 yards and extended his team’s lead to 14-3.

The Eagles’ troubles only worsened after their next possession, when Anderson grabbed the ball and ran 38 yards to the end zone to give Crimson a 21-3 half-field.

“I think we’re a pretty good team,” said Maple Grove coach Matt Lombardi. “We were a little invisible.

“I don’t think we’re surprised (to defeat Eden Prairie),” he continued. “We didn’t plan to beat them 35-3, but we know what kind of talent we have.”

Disaster struck again for Eden Prairie in the second rally after a second-half scrum, when Maple Grove senior Kirs Brevik picked up a loose ball and scored 10 yards to bring his side to the top 28-3.

Jameson added a 4-yard touchdown from 5:45 to play in the fourth quarter to close the score and put his team in position for the state title.

“It’s really cool,” said Jameson, who has a record 23 touchdowns this season. “Since we were younger, in our first and second year, Lombo has told us that we have a really good group of guys. When he first told us about it, we felt that we could do something special. This summer we all got together – training, walking, training and all that. It paid off. ”

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