A 20-3 quick start and a valiant effort by your Wayzata Trojans football team wasn’t enough to beat running back Evan Hull and Maple Grove who won in the last 5 seconds of the game.
Pictured above – an exhausted Joe Demro is overcome with emotion having left it all on the field. © Dan Gustafson & Wayzata Photography.
The Wayzata Trojans traveled to Maple Grove to take on the Crimson for their final regular season game. The Trojan offense came out swinging on their opening drive. Marching down the field, it took just under two minutes for the Trojans to put a touchdown on the board. Tailback, Christian Vasser took the hand off from the 14 yard line and ran it in for the score.
After a solid defensive stand, the Trojans got the ball back at midfield. On a long third down, Keaton Heide fired the ball downfield and connected with Connor Hale to set the Trojan’s up at the Crimson’s five yard line. On the very next play, Vasser walked in for another Trojan touchdown. A missed extra-point made the score 13-3 to end the first quarter.
The start of the second quarter was all Wayzata as they added to their lead after another 4th down stop on the defensive end. Starting with great field position, the Trojan’s drove 39 yards for the score, making it a three possession game.
The next Crimson possession resulted in a touchdown, as Evan Hull took the hand off and scored from 23 yards out. Wayzata’s offense struggled on the next possession and were forced to punt.
A slow snap led to a rushed punt which netted a total of 1 yard for the Trojans. Maple Grove took advantage of excellent field position and scored again within a few plays.
Now just 3-point game, Wayzata looked to reclaim their lead. Unfortunately, the Trojan offense continued their struggles and failed to convert on 4th down. This decision proved to be critical as the Crimson offense drove down the field and scored to end the second quarter. 24-20; Maple Grove leads at the half.
The Trojan’s got the ball back to begin the second half. After several runs down the middle, Wayzata opted to throw the deep ball on 3rd and 17. Tight end, Nick Kallerup hauled in the 36 yard lob from Keaton Heide for the touchdown. On the proceeding kickoff, the Crimson returned the ball 89 yards for the score, making it 31-27 in favor of Maple Grove.
Two touchdowns called back for ineligible receiver downfield
Penalties continued to haunt the Trojan offense on their next possession as a 53 yard touchdown was called back due to the presence of an ineligible receiver. A few plays later, Wayzata failed to convert on 4th and short which resulted in a turnover on downs.
The Crimson started the fourth quarter on offense. A strong defensive stand by the Trojans forced Maple Grove to attempt a long field goal, which was missed. In turn, the Wayzta offense took over on their own 20 yard line. On the very next play, Keaton Heide completed a huge 53-yard throw to Nick Kallerup. Unfortunately, this hint of momentum was wiped out after the Crimson forced and recovered a Wayzata fumble.
Now back on defense, the Trojans developed a sense of urgency. A few tackles for loss pinned the Crimson offense deep in their own territory. On 3rd and 21, Wayzata’s pass rush hurried the QB, forcing a tough throw. Senior corner, Jacob Beeninga, was there to intercept the ball, setting the Trojans up with solid field position.
A couple first downs placed the Wayzata offense at the 9 yard line. From there, Keaton Heide faked the hand off and trucked his way into the endzone on the QB keeper.
Now a 3-point game, Maple Grove was left with 2:30 to score. Relying heavily on production from running back, Evan Hull, Maple Grove inched their way down the field. The Trojan defense held the Crimson to a 4th and 5. Seemingly opting to go for the tie, Maple Grove lined up for a field goal. However, instead of kicking it, the Crimson faked it, completed the pass and began a fresh set of downs at the 1 yard line.
Two plays later, Hull dove in for the touchdown. With only 5 seconds remaining, Wayzata simply did not have enough time to score.
Maple Grove wins; 38-34.