Preview of Wayzata Football vs. Shakopee (10/11)

Trojan football team with the Bay Bell trophy that came back to Wayzata after the win versus Minnetonka on 10/04.

Trojan football team with the Bay Bell trophy that came back to Wayzata after the win versus Minnetonka on 10/04.

Katie Imdieke, Senior Writer

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With a senior heavy team, let’s take a look at the younger athletes that have brought determination and grit to the field

 

The Wayzata Trojan Football team is not letting up. They bring a 6-0 record into Friday night’s game at Shakopee. With key wins at Prior Lake week three, at home versus St. Michael-Albertville in week four, and a big win at Eden Prairie to spoil the Eagles’ homecoming, the Trojans are taking their 6-0 record and turning it into a 1-0 mentality. They are keeping a level head for every week’s new matchup.

 

The Shakopee Sabers are 3-3.  They have come close to powerful metro schools like Eden Prairie with a 6-14 loss, and Prior Lake, who they played in a down to the wire game, ending in a two point loss. The Sabers are a strong running team with an average of 237 rushing yards per game. Junior quarterback David Bigaouette even ran in four touchdowns last week to win the Sabers matchup against the Stillwater Ponies, 34-7. Wayzata defense will need to continue what they have been doing in stopping the run game. Bigaouette tends to shy away from passing, but the Trojans need to make sure Bigaouette’s favorite target, sophomore wide receiver Nick Katona, is covered at all times.

 

The senior-loaded squad has been making noise around the metro this season, but the talented underclassmen have been making huge plays against powerful district teams. Sophomore Drew Berkland was the first to receive the esteemed “Outlaw Chain” this season, for an interception in the Trojans’ first matchup against Blaine. Berkland’s first year on the varsity team has been a successful one. He credits that to offseason work and the constant drive to be better: “To play at the level I am, it took a lot of hard work. I just need to leave it out on the field every day, and lead by example to the players that need an extra push.” He says to stay on top of his game, he echoes the energy that the team has to offer, “You can always bring energy and enthusiasm to the field, and many bring that energy every day. It is very important to be present in the moment,” he says.

Sophomore Drew Berkland getting in place for the next snap. Credit to Dave Wildermuth.

 

Junior linebacker Cole Brown has also had his turn with the Outlaw Chain after an interception at Prior Lake on September 13th: “It was a huge moment for me as a player personally to get the Chain. To share that game with my friends and family that were there to support me was awesome,” he says. He has been very effective on the defensive side of the ball with an interception and numerous good tackles to his name. “The relationships that I have built on this team, and the camaraderie that the team brings to the field together is a very important reason why our team is so successful,” he says about the team’s 6-0 record.

Junior linebacker, Cole Brown celebrating a big game vs Minnetonka. Credit to Dave Wildermuth.

 

Sean Diedrich, a junior running back, is taking snaps with Malaki Jackson and Christian Vasser, some of the top running backs in the state. While Vasser and Jackson are larger, stronger backs, Sean is a smaller and quicker back that is unstoppable on a breakthrough run. “We kind of have a one-two punch figured out. When their on the field for a while, it’s a different game when I get on the field. Vasser and Jackson are bigger, but I bring more speed to the field when I come on, which keeps the defense on their toes. We have a lot of depth at the running back position,” says Diedrich.

Junior Sean Diedrich running the ball vs Minnetonka. Credit to Dave Wildermuth.

 

Junior linebacker Hayden Davison has had tremendous success coming on the field in place of senior linebackers Bryce Nault and Luke Deselich, who battled injuries early in the season. “It’s been fun to get out there. I love being on the field next to Joe Demro, and it’s brought more energy to my play. I have learned a lot from them. Everyone on the field is a leader.” Davison had a huge game against Eden Prairie with a sack and eight tackles to back it up, three of those being a tackle for loss.

Junior Hayden Davidson going in for the tackle against Minnetonka. Credit to Dave Wildermuth.

 

The younger Trojan football athletes are ready to bring the energy and power to the field yet again at Shakopee’s home field this week. Wear a jersey for jersey out and come support the boys at 7:00pm at Shakopee West Middle School for a fun Week seven matchup.

Wayzata student section celebrates being the final undefeated team left for 6A division. Credit to Dave Wildermuth.

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