Chance at Revenge Lost

Sam Lavely, Sports Editor

  A chance at redemption seven years in the making, taken down to the final four seconds of the game. Wayzata’s 2-6 record last year led to low expectations for the team this year, but the boys rose above these expectations, defeating Rosemount and Edina, and losing to Minnetonka by one point while Minnetonka was ranked first in the state.
  According to Star Tribune Prep Sports, the Eagles and Trojans were ranked third and fourth in the state respectively going into Friday’s game.
  Neither team scored in the first quarter. However, Eden Prairie struck first, scoring on a pass very quickly in the second quarter. Wayzata returned the favor with a 50-yard touchdown pass from Keaton Heide to Connor Hale on the ensuing drive. Wayzata could not stop Eden Prairie’s reverses, as Collin Penn took his only two carries of the game to the endzone, finishing with a total of 90 yards. Penn ran through, around, and all over the Trojan defense on his two carries.
  The Trojans were down 21-7 mid-way through the third quarter, but swiftly came back within the first six minutes of the fourth with an 80-yard touchdown drive followed by an Eden Prairie three-and-out leading to a Wayzata touchdown, making the game tied 21-21. The rest of the game was a captivating back-and-forth battle between the two teams, with Wayzata scoring four touchdowns in the fourth quarter. The two teams were tied at 28 with 38 seconds left, Collin Penn dismantled the defense for his second pounce of 39 yards to the endzone.
  With such little time left in the game, hope deflated for the Trojans. 38 seconds is a difficult task for anyone to charge down the field and score a touchdown. However, Keegan Nickel saved the Trojans by returning the ensuing kickoff 60 yards to the Eden Prairie 40. After a 31 yard screen pass to Senior Nick Kallerup, Senior Keaton Heide and Junior Joe Demro connected for a five yard touchdown with four seconds left, leaving the score 34-35.
  The Trojans had an incredible fourth quarter, but their momentum may have gotten to their heads. Much to the shock of the audience, Wayzata stepped onto the field, ready to attempt a two-point conversion. Almost immediately after the snap, the attempted pitch to the running back was fumbled, and all hopes of a Wayzata win fell with the ball.
  Wayzata lost their chance at taking revenge on the Eagles, but they surely hope they can face the Eagles again soon, as this was the closest game since their last win in 2012.