Wayzata Football falls to Champlin Park in home opener, now 1-1 on season

After fumbling opening kickoff, Trojans unable to overcome the Rebels initial success as sophomore Oscar Shop steps in for injured Cole Heilbrun at QB

Wayzata Football struggled against Champlin Park on September 9th in their home opener.

The trouble started with Wayzata’s special teams and the handling of the opening kickoff as both Ford Griffith and Tyler Milkes attempted to catch the ball.

Wayzata Football highlights and game summary vs Champlin Park (2022)

Champlin Park pounced on the ball and scored on their opening drive as Rebel QB Preston Thielke tossed a pass to receiver Blake Stahl to capitalize on the Wayzata miscue making it 7-0 in the opening minutes of the first quarter.

Offensively for Wayzata, sophomore QB Oscar Shoap stepped in to play for starting Trojan QB Cole Heilbrun. Heilbrun injured his left shoulder against Roseville the week before and is expected back in the coming weeks.

With Shoap at the helm, Wayzata answered with a 55 yard drive and subsequent field goal by kicker Nate Stueve to make it 7-3 in favor of Champlin Park at the end of the 1st quarter.

Champlin scored another touchdown, this time in the 2nd quarter as Rebel running back Arthur Russell dashed into the end zone to make it 14-3 Champlin Park headed into halftime.

Late in the third quarter, Wayzata’s Tyler Milkes took a Shoap handoff 89 yards to the house behind the Trojan offensive line by breaking tackles and outrunning the defense to make it Wayzata 10, Champlin Park 14. Milkes is a track star for Wayzata as well, earning All-State in the 4×400 meter relay, something he discussed after the game:

Tyler Milkes talks about the Champlin Park game.

The Trojans defense would keep Champlin Park out of the end zone in the second half; the effort included sacks by Chase Ullom and an interception by Zach Boutwell.

Wayzata threatened to score twice in the final minutes of the game. First, Oscar Schoap hit tight end Charlie Tomczik for a long gain to put the Trojans in the red zone. However, the Rebel defense and linebacker Logan Ottinger forced Wayzata to turn the ball over on downs with under two minutes remaining.

With Champlin Park backed up against their own end zone, Wayzata’s defense forced a Rebel punt attempt. Punter Benjamin Bremer ran out of the back of the end zone to try to run out the clock as much as possible. Wayzata scored two points on the safety play to make it Trojans 12, Rebels 14.

With 10 seconds remaining in the game, the ensuing kickoff by Champlin Park went out of bounds to give Wayzata the ball at the Rebel 45 yard line.

A quick hitting slant pass from Noah Schoap to Eli Lenort gave Wayzata a first down at the Champlin 33 yard line with 4 seconds remaining. In high school a first down also stops the clock, so the offense scrambled to hike the ball and try to have Schoap spike the ball for a last second field goal or Hail Mary attempt.

In the pressure of the moment, Schoap took a knee as he spiked the ball and the remaining time ran off the clock to end the game.

After the contest the Trojans were visibly upset knowing that they had beaten themselves in this contest, rather than being beat by the opposing team.

Credit should be given to Champlin Park for playing a good game, and they do have a good football team. That being said Wayzata will learn from the miscues and come back a better football team. Anytime a young quarterback gets an opportunity to gain varsity experience means that he’ll be that much more ready in the future.

Wayzata (1-1) will travel to St. Michael Albertville (0-2) this Friday at 7pm. Stay tuned to Wayzata.com, your home town homers who absolutely cheer for the Trojans every time they take the field.

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