Wayzata faced a tough opponent Friday night as they battled the #1 ranked Lakeville North Panthers. Early on, the Trojans struggled to find a rhythm on both sides of the ball. A first drive fumble stopped an otherwise solid drive, while a couple mental lapses on the other side of the ball opened up lanes for the Lakeville offense to score. After a quarter of play, Lakeville lead 14-0.
The second quarter opened up more productivity for the Trojans. Running-back Christian Vasser pounded one in from the 7 yard line, after senior linebacker Trevor Palesch, picked off Lakeville to set the Trojan’s offense up with solid field position. A blocked extra point made the score 14-6.
This success was short lived as penalties haunted the Trojan attack when a crucial holding call brought back what would have been a 25 yard rushing touchdown for Vasser. This penalty proved to be costly as the Panthers popped off a 55 yard touchdown run on the very next drive. The Trojans showed some life at the end of the half, but penalties once again slowed the momentum of their offense. Following a failed fourth down conversion, Lakeville got the ball back and scored on a 53 yard touchdown pass to end the second quarter. Wayzata entered halftime with a 22-point deficit.
Sloppy play continued to cloud the Trojan effort during the second half. A fumble on a long opening drive stalled their offensive attack and gave
the ball back to Lakeville North. In hopes of sparking some success, Wayzata began rotating often at the tailback position. Three different Trojan backs saw production in the backfield, even with senior, Alec Underhill, out with a knee injury. This strategy helped keep North on their toes, but mental mistakes caused the Trojan offense to break down. A Panthers pick-six midway through the fourth quarter added to Wayzata’s troubles and the Panthers’ lead.
A touchdown pass fired at the 2-yard line from Heide to Wildermuth brought it back to a three score game, but with only four minutes remaining, this late rally came too little too late. The next drive for Lakeville North resulted in another 50+ yard touchdown run, further adding to the Panthers’ lead. Wayzata opted to bring in the 2nd-string players for the final drive of the game, but a lack of time stopped them from reaching the end-zone one last time. Final Score; 42-13.