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Posted by Guest (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 11/23/2012 7:38:34 PM

By Luke Sleeper
Johnís Journal Correspondent

With its dominating performance in Fridayís Class 4A Prep Bowl game, Hutchinson claimed the fourth football state championships in the schoolís history.

The Tigers scored early and often in their convincing 67-7 victory over Holy Family Catholic, taking a 42-0 lead into halftime. They outgained the Fire 285 yards to 52 in the first half.

After trading fumbles in the first few possessions of the game, Hutchinson used its advantage in the field position to rattle off scores quickly with its prolific running game. Tigers quarterback McKinley Anderson orchestrated three early scoring drives, all of them ending in one-yard quarterback keepers for touchdowns. Anderson, a senior, did not throw a single pass in the game.

Six different runners carried the ball for Hutchinson, but a heavy dose of the yards went to junior tailback Tory Adams, who had 17 carries for 197 yards and a touchdown, as well as senior Mitch Petersen, who had 151 yards and three touchdowns.

The Hutchinson defense was just as vital to the offensive success of the Tigers, forcing five Holy Family turnovers, which included a 77-yard interception return for a touchdown by senior defensive back Jordan Yira.

Holy Family got on the board with just over three minutes left in the game with a Connor Byrnes two-yard touchdown run. Byrnes led the Fire in rushing with 66 yards on 12 carries.

Hutchinson (13-0) broke the Prep Bowl record for margin of victory with its 67-7 win, which was previously 49 points. The Tigersí state championship is their first since 1998.


EDEN PRAIRIE 28, LAKEVILLE NORTH 7

Eden Prairie won its eighth state championship since 1996 Friday with a 28-7 win over Lakeville North at the Metrodome. The Eagles won with a game plan weíve grown accustomed to over the years, gaining chunks of yards on the ground while steadily eating away clock, given Lakeville North minimal chances to get back in the game.

The Eagles scored a touchdown in each quarter, with a different player scoring each of them. The Eden Prairie defense was equally consistent, not yielding a Panther score until late in the fourth quarter and forcing five turnovers. Senior linebacker Jack Cottrell intercepted two Lakeville North passes.

Eden Prairie successfully defended its state championship by running on almost every offensive play, 64 times to be exact. Junior fullback Dan Fisher was the ball carrier for 31 of those plays, racking up 149 yards and a touchdown. The other Eagles scorers were sophomore Anthony Anderson and seniors Grant Schaeffer and Jacob Woodring. Schaeffer, the Eagle quarterback, threw only twice in the game.

The 28 points Lakeville North gave up Friday was the most it has given up all season, averaging just over nine points against per game. The speed of the Panthers was just enough to combat the size and power of Eden Prairie.

Lakeville (11-2) found the end zone with just over a minute left in the game, when quarterback Zach Creighton hit fellow senior Ben Blake for a 13-yard touchdown pass. Creighton compiled 183 total yards of offense between throwing and running. Lakeville North sophomore linebacker Jesse Cardenas led all tacklers in the game with 12.

Eden Prairie (11-2) players and coaches celebrated what could be the last Prep Bowl under longtime coach Mike Grant, as speculation swirls over a possible change of scenery for the eight-time championship coach. Many expect him to be the leading candidate for the head coaching vacancy at St. Johnís University.



 


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