Matt Tarpley catches a pass from Fritz Rock in the 2008 State Championship game. File photo.
The State Champion 2008 Wayzata Football team will be honored prior to kick-off on Friday evening as the 2018 team hosts Eastview.
Festivities will begin at 4:00pm, and all former Trojan players and their family members are invited–including an informal gathering after the game at the Medina Entertainment Center.
The 2008 Team went 13-0 and defeated the Blaine Bengals at the Metrodome to win the State Championship.
From the MSHSL:
Senior quarterback John Ries threw for 205 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Wayzata Trojans to a 27-7 win over the Blaine Bengals in the Class AAAAA Championship game at Prep Bowl XXVII. The win capped an unbeaten 13-0 season for Wayzata, as the Trojans claimed their second state football title (2005 was the other).
Wayzata opened the scoring on the game’s first possession. The Trojans marched 73 yards in nine plays, capped by senior quarterback John Ries’ 18-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Fritz Rock. Blaine responded with a 14-play, 69-yard drive capped on a three-yard touchdown plunge by quarterback James Peterson. The senior signal caller converted a big fourth down-and-12 play late in the drive with a 27-yard completion to senior wide receiver Nick Rusin.
Both quarterbacks enjoyed solid first half numbers. Ries was 7-for-11 for 104 yards and two touchdowns, while Peterson was 10-for-15 for 92 yards.
Wayzata converted a huge fourth-and-10 pass play in the third quarter which resulted in a touchdown. Ries threw a lateral to Rock, who turned and tossed a 14-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Matt Tarpley.
A key interception early in the fourth quarter for the Trojans helped put the game on ice. Junior defensive back Jack Egan picked off a Peterson errant pass and returned it deep into Bengal territory. Two plays later, junior running back Chris Kroeten ran in from three yards out and with the PAT extended the Wayzata lead to 27-7.
Senior running back Garrett Engelhardt led the Trojans ground attack with 59 yards on 10 carries. Peterson led Blaine with 47 yards rushing on 20 carries. Peterson was 16-for-27 for 166 yards through the air. Blaine’s only touchdown of the game came on their first offensive possession in the first quarter.
The Bengals, who were making their 10th state football tournament appearance, finished the season 12-1. Blaine won the 1988 title, and finished runner-up in 1996, 1997, and 2001.