Wild final quarter ends Eden Prairie’s way against Wayzata

September 22, 2018

Collin Penn isn’t used to carrying the ball. The way he ran for Eden Prairie, he may start getting it more often.

The senior, listed on the roster as a linebacker, took three handoffs against Wayzata on Friday, and all three times he ended up in the end zone. A 70-yard run in the second quarter was called back because of a holding penalty, but his 50-yard third-quarter score counted and his 39-yarder with 38 seconds to go lifted the second-ranked Eagles to a 35-34 victory over fourth-ranked Wayzata.

“It was the same play every time. The defense was different the last time and Penn made a great cut. He has great speed,” said Eden Prairie coach Mike Grant, whose team beat Wayzata for the seventh consecutive time dating back to the 2012 season. “Once [Penn] gets to that second level, he’s pretty tough.”

Penn’s last score enabled Eden Prairie to survive a 27-point fourth-quarter flourish by the Trojans that appeared poised to win them the game. Trailing 35-28, Wayzata drove the length of the field and scored its fourth touchdown of the quarter with four seconds left. Trojans coach Lambert Brown opted to go for the two-point conversion and the victory, but an inside pitch play ended when the ball was fumbled for a loss.

It was a back-and-forth game all night. Eden Prairie entered the fourth quarter up 21-7, but Wayzata tied it on a 14-yard touchdown run by Christian Vasser and a 12-yard TD pass from Keaton Heide to Jacob Wildermuth.

The Eagles reclaimed the lead on Felipe Izumi’s second short TD run of the night, a 2-yarder that put them ahead 28-21 with 5 minutes, 55 seconds to go. Wayzata (2-2) answered by driving 60 yards in less than two minutes and tying the score again on Vasser’s 13-yard touchdown run. Vasser finished with 162 yards on 29 carries.

Eden Prairie quarterback Cole Kramer got the Eagles on the board first in the second quarter by floating a play-action pass over the top to tight end Matt Sherman for an 18-yard touchdown. But the Trojans tied the score three plays later when Heide connected with wide receiver Connor Hale for a 55-yard score.

“They’re tough. We hope we don’t play them again,” Grant said. “We had our chances to go up 28-7 and put the game away, but to their credit they kept coming back strong.”

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