The Wayzata Trojans took on the Blaine Bengals tonight in the Class 5A Prep Bowl (Minnesota State Football Championship) and won behind the solid play of Fritz Rock, who caught one touchdown and threw for one touchdown. John Ries threw for 2 touchdowns, and Cecil Doe, caught one TD. Defensive lineman Toby Okuyemi blocked a field goal attempt and had an interception, and a host of Trojans made other key plays.
Wayzata started thier first drive at the Trojan 27 yard line. Ries threw it to Matt Tarpley on a hitch to the left, Tarpley gained 7 yards, and was tackled by Steven Shumacher. On 2nd down, Kevin Knight carried for a first down by picking up 5 yards. On 1st and 10, Knight carried again for no gain. Ries threw a slant pass to Fritz Rock for a gain of 14 yards and a Trojan 1st down at the Bengal 46. A false start backed up the Trojans up to the their 49 yard line. Ries was sacked for a loss of 4 by David Ackerman to bring up 2nd and 19. A Blaine offside penalty made it 2nd and 14 at the 50 yard line. Garrett Englehardt gained 5 to his left and was brought down by Bengal defender Di-Jon Starr to make it 3rd and 9. Ries dropped back, and took forever for a developing screen pass to Chris Kroeten who scampered for 25 yards to the Blaine 21 yard line for a 1st down. A handoff to Kroeten gained 3 to the left, tackle by Bengal Chad Mueller. A bullet from Ries to a streaking Fritz Rock for 22 yards into the end zone resulted in Wayzata’s first score of the evening. David Stranghoener made the extra point to make it 7-0 with 7:17 left in the 1st quarter.
Blaine return man Deven King took Stranghoener’s kick-off from the 25 to the Blaine 31 yard line. James Peterson came in under center, and tried to get the ball to Nick Rusin, but was well defended by AJ Tarpley. Another Peterson attempt to Eric Kline fell incomplete to bring up 3rd and 10. Peterson threw to Rusin for a gain of 16 before being tackled by Robbie Heflin. 1st and 10, Peterson ran a keeper for 8 yards and was tackled by Heflin again. Peterson threw to Deven King who was tackled by Chris Meyers after a 3 yard gain for another Bengal 1st down. Peterson started in the shotgun, and handed off to Deven King for a gain of 4, who was tackled by Kevin Potas. A quick out from Peterson to Nick Rusin picked up 7 and another Blaine 1st down. A Peterson option to King was stopped for no gain by AJ Troup to make it 2nd down. Peterson threw to Mike Thai for a gain of 5, and the play was well defended by Paul Hoffer to make it 3rd and 5. Kevin Potas sacked Peterson for a 7 yard loss to bring up 4th and 12. Blaine went for it, and picked up 25 yards to Nick Rusin to advance to the Trojan 6 yard line, with the defensive tackle provided by Paul Hoffer. Peterson on the keeper for a yard, tackled by Grant Olson. Another keeper by Peterson for 3 yards to the Trojan 3 yard line, Grant Olson on the tackle. Peterson kept it again and scored on 3rd down. Braden Horning added the extra point to make it 7-7 with 2:56 left in the 1st Quarter.
Jack Egan and Daryl Brown were the return men as Blaine kicked it out of bounds. Ries and Company started on their 35 yard line. A handoff to Garrett Englehardt gained 17 yards before he was brought down by Tobi Saporu on the Bengal 48 yard line. A quick Ries flip to Tarpley gained 7 yards, tackle by Steven Schumacher for a 2nd and 3. A handoff to Kroeten gained 2.5 yard to make it 3rd and inches. Ries kept it and lunged forward for a Trojan 1st down at the Blaine 38 yard line. A Ries handoff to Kevin Knight gained 2 yard up the middle before being tackled by Jordan Kosminskas for Blaine. A wide receiver screen to Rock with a great block by Cecil Doe gained 10 yards before being forced out by Alvan Washington. Kroeten lost 2 yards on 1st down as he was tackled by Starr.
Ries and Company continued with a pass to Rock for no gain. A pass attempt on 3rd and long to Cecil Doe was well defended by Bengal Washington to bring up 4th and 14. Ries fumbled the ball and Joe Stearly for Blaine fell on it.
Blaine took over on their 37 yard line, and Peterson tried a keeper for no gain, tackled by Potas. A flip from Peterson to Eric Kline gained 4 yards to make it 3rd and 6. An inside slant to Thai gained 20 yards, tackle by AJ Troup. A handoff to King gained 7, tackled by Potas made it 2nd and 5. Rusin caught a pass for 7 yards on Peterson’s right to get another Bengal 1st down at the Trojans 31 yard line. Daryl Brown almost picked off a Peterson pass and had nothing but open field in front of him. A handoff to Joe Winter gained 5 yards to make it 3rd and 5 at the Trojan 26 yard line. Peterson kept it for a gain of 6 and a Blaine 1st down, and was tackled by Grant Olson. Peterson kept it up the middle for a gain of 5, to make it 2nd and 5 at the Wayzata 14 yard line. A QB keeper by Peterson gained 3 yards, tackle by John Connelly. Peterson was stuffed by Jack Egan to make it 4th and 2 on the Wayzata 11 yard line. Toby Okuyemi blocked the kick by Alex Wesdorf to turn the Bengals away and keep the score 7-7.
Ries and Company came out throwing to Cecil Doe who gained 28 yards and a Trojan 1st down up to the Wayzata 48 yard line, coverage by Washington. Kroeten carried for no gain to make it 2nd and 10, tackled by David Ackerman. A Ries pass to Adan Hassan was slightly overthrown to make it 3rd and 10. A Ries rollout and pass attempt to Matt Tarpley fell incomplete to bring up 4th and 10. Ryan Macgregor punted it away to Blaine’s Mike Thai who returned the football to the Bengal 29 yard line.
Peterson threw a wide reciever screen pass to Thai for a gain of 5, tackled by John Connelly. Carl West tipped a pass from Peterson that was intercepted by Toby Okuyemi to give Wayzata the ball on the Blaine 30 yard line.
Englehardt carried to his right side for a gain of 8 yards to make it 2nd and 2 at the Bengal 22. Another Englehardt carry went for no gain, tackle by Saporu of the Bengals to make it 3rd and 2. A wide receiver screen pass to Rock gained the necessary yards for a Trojan 1st down at the Begal 15 yard line, tackle by Ackerman. A 1st down slant pass from Ries to a streaking Cecil Doe scored a touchdown for 15 yards. Stranghoener’s extra point was blocked, making it 13-7 with 2:37 left in the 1st half.
Blaine started at their own 35 yard line. A Peterson pass to Matt Arford was stopped by Egan after a gain of 3 yards to make it 2nd and 7. Peterson on the option kept it, and was stopped by Grant Olson and a host of Trojans after a gain of 2 yards. Kevin Potas chased and and Grant Olson tackled Peterson as he dumped it to avoid losing yardage to bring up 4th down and 5. Peterson punted the ball away, and Grant Olson picked up a personal foul.
Englehardt picked up 11 yards to his right to bring the football out to the Trojan 31 yard line, tackle by Washington. Another handoff to Englehardt gained 10 up the middle. Ries’s pass attempt to Rock fell incomplete to stop the clock with :33 seconds left in the 2nd quarter. Kroeten gained 2 yards up the middle to let the clock expire.
Stranghoener kicked it away to Blaine’s Rusin who returned it out to the Bengal 45 yard line, tackled by Englehardt. A screen pass to Kline lost three after being sniffed out by Carl West. A pass from Peterson to Thai was fumbled as Chris Meyers tackled him to pop the ball out, and AJ Troup scooped up the ball and returned it to the Wayzata 18 yard line. It was a huge stop to keep the momentum away from Blaine.
Ries came out throwing to Rock, who gained 9 yards up the left sideline. A handoff to Kroeten and 2nd and 1 went picked a a yard and a 1st down, tackle by Cody Hedstrom from Blaine. A flip from Ries to Tarpley gained 11 yards and another Trojan 1st down, tackle by Schumacher from the Bengals. Englehardt was stuffed for no gain to bring up 2nd and 10. A scamper by Kroeten gained 5 yards, tackled by Buchman. On 3rd and 6, Ries threw to Rock who was just short of the 1st down marker to bring up 4th down and a yard. Wayzata tried to get Blaine with an offsides, but to no avail. Ryan Macgregor kicked it away, and Englehardt and Kenny Reitz stopped Thai on the return.
Blaine started on their 28 yard line with a fresh set of downs. A handoff to King gained 3 yards, with Grant Olson providing the tackle. A false start by the Bengals made it 2nd and 12 at their own 26 yard line. Kline carried the ball for 17 yards and was knocked out for a moment after a monstrous hit by Daryl Brown. Blaine had a 1st and 10 at their own 43 yard line. A pass attempt to Rusin fell imcomplete, with Chris Meyers on the coverage. Another pass attempt to Rusin was deflected by Jack Egan to make it 3rd and 10. Peterson was tackled by Olson and Okuyemi after a gain of 5 to bring up 4th and 5. Peterson punted the ball away to Daryl Brown, but it was downed at the 1 yard line after a 55 yard punt.
Ries and company started with 99 yards between them and their end zone. Ries threw it to Doe for a gain of 11 yards, forced out of bounds Saporu. On 1st down, Ries threw it to Doe again on a pass that hung in the air, and then was caught for a gain of 34 yards–pushed out of bounds by Schumber for Blaine. 1st and 10 on the 48 yard line, a carry by Kroeten gained 4 yards, tackled by Bryce Vee for the Bengals. A slant to Nolan Odland gained 10 yards to move the ball to the Bengal 35 yard line. Kroeten gained 5 up the middle, tackled by Mike Leslie for Blaine. On 2nd and 5, Kevin Knight burst up the middle in a big hole to gaine 6 yards and another Trojan 1st down up to the Bengal 25 yard line. A Ries pass attempt to Doe in the end zone fell incomplete to make it 2nd and 10. Another attempt to Doe in the end zone was poked away by Sam Chase for Blaine to make it 3rd and 10. Kevin Knight followed his big offensive line for a gain of 11 yards to pick up the 1st down and advance to the Blaine 14 yard line. Englehardt was stopped by Bengal Starr for no gain. A pass attempt to AJ Tarpley was slightly overthrown to bring up 3rd and 10. Another Ries attempt to Matt Tarpley fell incomplete as well to bring up 4th and 10. Coach Anderson rolled the dice, and Ries threw a backwards pass to Fritz Rock, who threw it to Matt Tarpley in the end zone for the score and the momentum changer of the game in which Blaine could no longer handle the Trojans. Stranghoener added the extra point to make it 20-7 with 1:20 left in the 3rd quarter.
Stranghoener kicked it away to Rusin who brought it back to the Bengal 28 yard line, and was tackled by Wayzata’s John Connelly. Peterson on the keeper was hit behind the line by John Connelly for a loss of 2 to make it 2nd and 12. Kevin Potas, Carl West, and Toby Okuyemi applied big time pressure as Peterson threw it away to avoid a 15 or 20 yard sack. A screen to King lost one, tackle by Grant Olson. A personal foul on Blaine backed them up to their own 12 yard line to make it 4th and 25. Peterson kicked it away to Daryl Brown, who returned it to the Bengal 26 yard line. A block in the back brought Wayzata back to their own 49 yard line.
Englehardt took a Ries handoff for 2 yards to make it 2nd and 8 as the 3rd quarter expired.
The Trojans started the 4th quarter at midfield and with a 13 point lead. Ries threw to Rock for a gain of 6 yards to make it 3rd and 4 and the Bengal 45 yard line. Ries fumbled the ball and fell on it to bring up 4th and 4. Ryan Macgregor kicked it away to Mike Thai, who returned the ball to the 28 yard line.
Blaine started at their 29 yard line. Jack Egan intercepted a Peterson pass and returned it the Bengal 5 yard line.
Ries and Company started and the Bengal 5 yard line. Englehardt carried up the middle for 2 yards to make it 2nd and goal from the 3 yard line. Chris Kroeten followed the goal line package of Macgregor, AJ Tarpley, and the Hogs into the end zone for the score. Stranghoener added the extra point to make it 27-7 in favor of the Trojans with 9:42 left in the game.
Stranghoener kicked it away to Bengal Thai, tackled at the 23 yard line by Connelly. Peterson threw it to Thai, who fell down for no gain to make it 2nd and 10. A pass attempt to Rusin from Peterson skipped off the turf, with excellent coverage by Trojan Brown. Peterson on the delayed keeper gained 4 yards, tackle by Grant Olson to bring up 4th down and 5. An offsides moved the ball forward 5 yards and Blaine got a 1st down. Peterson on the QB draw gained 12 yards, tackles by Grant Olson and Paul Hoffer. Peterson threw to Kline for a gain of 8. Peterson on the naked bootleg gained 8 yards, tackled by Kevin Potas. Another QB draw by Peterson picked up 11 yards and another Blaine 1st down at the Trojan 28 yard line. Coach Lombardi took a timeout to talk to his troops. Grant Olson sacked Peterson for a huge loss to make it 2nd and 27 from the Trojan 45 yard line. An inside slant to Rusin gained 11 yards, tackle by Jack Egan. The reverse handoff lost 5 for the Bengals, tackle by Grant Olson to make it 4th and 20. A throw to Thai was stopped 1 yard short of the 1st down as Blaine turned it over on downs with 5:13 left in the game.
Wayzata started at their 19 yard line, and a handoff to Englehardt gained 1 yard. A pass from Ries to Macgregor gained a Trojan 1st down, tackled by Bengal Schumaker. A handoff on 1st down to Kroeten gained 4 yards as the clock continued to tick. Englehardt gained 1 to his right to make it 4th down and 4. Macgregor kicked it away to Thai, who was tackled by Carl West and Garrett Englehardt at the Blaine 38 yard line.
Blaine took over with 2:43 left in the game, and Peterson was sacked by Jack Egan for a loss of 4 yards. Peterson threw towards Rusin, Meyers and Egan on the coverage. Peterson gained 3 on a scramble to his left, tackle by Grant Olson who would not let go to allow Peterson to break free. Kevin Potas blocked Peterson’s punt, and Grant Olson returned it to the Bengal 18 yard line.
Ries and company took a knee to end the game.