Royals Ready for Date With Eagles, Hornets Pitch Shutout: West Metro Football Roundup
Hopkins continued its winning ways last week, while Edina dodged an upset threat from Lakeville South. And Bridge Tusler showed why he's the one of the top recruits left in Minnesota with an all-around performance against Blaine.
Forgive the Osseo coaching staff if they shed actual tears this November when Bridge Tusler hangs up his Osseo uniform for the last time.
The standout had the perfect game Friday, leading the No. 6 Orioles to a 35-14 drubbing over No. 8 Blaine.
Tusler had three touchdowns on offense: one passing, one rushing and another receiving. He added an interception return for a touchdown on defense. At one point, he literally scored 12 points four plays apart, blasting through a hole for a 30-yard touchdown run and then returning that interception 40 yards for another score.
Next week: the Orioles square off with Robbinsdale Armstrong, and will be heavily favored to move to 4-0.
Maple Grove 28, Elk River 25
The Crimson sprinted out to an early lead behind Jack Wallick, and then held on in the fourth quarter to defeat the Elks as the two teams rekindled their North Suburban rivalry.
Wallick had 211 yards on the ground, including an 80-yard sprint for a touchdown, and provided the game winner with a 10 yard run in the fourth quarter.
Elk River pulled close late with an 80-yard run of their own, but Maple Grove hung on.
Next week: the Crimson battles No. 8 Blaine.
Edina rebounded from a disappointing loss in Week 2 to Totino Grace to take out Lakeville South.
Mark Handberg hit Marley Allison for a 55-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to provide the game's only touchdown. Patrick LeCorre, meanwhile, kicked two field goals for the Hornets.
Next week: Edina takes on Minnetonka in a huge Lake Conference battle.
Hopkins 49, Milwaukee Hamilton 0
The Royals took on another out-of-state opponent, and racked up their fourth win of the season in convincing fashion.
David Cliett continues to lead the Hopkins rushing attack, while JT DenHartog has more than 600 yards passing through four games for the Royals.
But it's gut-check time for the blue and white. The next four games for Hopkins: Eden Prairie, Edina, Wayzata and Minnetonka.
Next week: The Royals host top-ranked Eden Prairie
Wayzata 55, Robbinsdale Armstrong 6
The duo of Tanner Bedard and Mitch Underhill ran wild in the first half for the Trojans.
The victory improves Wayzata's record to 3-0, and the Trojans are ranked No. 229 in the nation—according to MaxPreps. The blue and gold are tied for first in the 32-team 6A division and have allowed just 13 points this season.
Up next: Wayzata enjoys a bye week before heading to Minnetonka on Sept. 28 for a regional rivalry game.
Minnetonka 34, Eagan 13
Speaking of the Skippers, Ian Cote and Nick Rooney continue to be the one-two punch for Tonka, as they crushed Eagan Friday.
The Skippers have a couple of tougher weeks ahead, as they'll face a stingy Edina defense next week before its Homecoming border battle with Wayzata.
Next week: Edina will look for the upset against their neighbor to the west, as the Hornets host Minnetonka. For any extra motivation, check out this story from Patch.
- Hutchinson 41, Orono 14
- Holy Family Catholic 35, Mound Westonka 7
- Tartan High 24, Richfield 21
- Spring Lake 47, St. Louis Park 14
- Fridley 51, Benilde-St. Margaret's 21
- Providence Academy/Heritage 45, New Life Academy 15