Champlin Park quarterback Jaice Miller (4) was pressured by Blaine defensive lineman Adam Brisson (97) in the first half. Photo: Shari L. Gross ¥ firstname.lastname@example.org
One game of varsity quarterback experience did wonders for Champlin Park’s Jaice Miller.
After missing most of his team’s early-season practices because of a shoulder injury, Miller completed just two passes for 62 yards in last week’s season opener. On Friday the converted wide receiver threw for two touchdowns and rushed for over 100 yards in leading the Rebels to a 28-17 victory over Blaine.
“Last week helped a lot. That did not go the way we wanted,” Miller said of the team’s 22-19 victory over East Ridge. “It was fun to come back tonight and start moving the ball.”
Junior running back Shawn Shipman did his share on all four of Champlin Park’s touchdown drives, the centerpiece of a 39-carry, 220-yard game. He capped off the team’s opening 90-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown and added an 8-yard score in the third quarter.
Blaine (0-2) scored late in the first quarter on a 72-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Schuster to Julius Reynolds. After recovering an onside kick, the Bengals took their only lead on a 33-yard field goal by Parker Dahlman with 1:44 left in the first quarter.
After that, Champlin Park’s defense made two key plays to set up its offense. Devon Moore blocked a Blaine punt just before Witt scored his first touchdown and Cameron Hammonds’ interception and return set up Shipman’s second score.
Champlin Park found a way to open the season with a victory last week despite totaling just 122 yards of offense.
The 10th-ranked (Class 6A) Rebels nearly quadrupled that yardage Friday as they rode four long touchdown drives to a 28-17 victory over visiting Blaine.
Junior running back Shawn Shipman capped off the Rebels’ game-opening 90-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run. He added an 8-yard score in the third on his way to a 220-yard outing.
Quarterback Jaice Miller twice found receiver Dom Witt in the end zone in the final five minutes of the first half to give Champlin Park a 21-10 lead. Witt’s second touchdown was set up by Miller’s 42-yard scramble. A play later, Miller lofted the ball toward the sideline and Witt wrestled it from a Blaine defender for a 15-yard score.
Blaine scored late in the first quarter on a 72-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Schuster to Julius Reynolds. After recovering an onside kick, the Bengals took their only lead on a 33-yard field goal by Parker Dahlman.
Check back later for more on the game.