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Eden Prairie Moves To 5A Prep Bowl
Posted by Guest (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 11/18/2011 11:53:42 PM

By Luke Sleeper

2011 marked the first season that Totino-Grace’s football program made the jump to Class 5A. The transition had been going smoothly, as the private school from Fridley won 10 games in a row heading into Friday night’s state semifinal matchup. And then they played perennial powerhouse Eden Prairie.

The first big 5A test did not go as hoped for Totino-Grace. Eden Prairie asserted its will early and often with a powerful running attack, thanks to star running back Andrew Larson and a mammoth offensive line. The Eagles of Eden Prairie were even playing without injured Division I offensive line recruit Nick Davidson, whose scholarship offers include the likes of Ohio State and Stanford as well as the Gophers. The Eden Prairie running game was not hindered.

Larson ran for four touchdowns and 141 yards on just 15 carries in the first half. The Eden Prairie defense was equally strong, holding Totino to just 83 total yards in the first 24 minutes and added to the team’s scoring barrage. Eden Prairie defensive back Logan Duitsman intercepted a Bob McDaniel pass and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown.

Eden Prairie added onto its lead in the third quarter when quarterback Grant Schaeffer hit ReShawn Fountain for a 91-yard touchdown pass. Fittingly, the Eden Prairie band played its rendition of “Darth Vader’s Theme” following the touchdown. The empire had struck back.

A late touchdown run by McDaniel made the score 49-7, where it would stand for the rest of the game. Eden Prairie will return to the Metrodome next Friday night, November 27 to play in its eighth Prep Bowl.

--Luke Sleeper is a journalism student at the University of Minnesota


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