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Joe Demro's five sacks, forced fumble lead Wayzata past Edina

By MATTHEW DAVIS, Special to the Star Tribune, 09/06/19, 4:30PM CDT


The senior defensive lineman and the Trojans pressured the Hornets quarterback into eight sacks in all en route to a 34-15 victory.

Wayzata’s Joe Demro (99) celebrated a fourth-quarter sack of Edina quarterback George Sandven. Demro had five sacks. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

Wayzata’s Joe Demro lived in the Edina backfield Friday.

The senior defensive lineman sacked Edina junior George Sandven five times. Demro also forced a fumble, earning the team’s “Chains” award, which goes to the player responsible for the most turnovers, in a 34-15 home victory.

“Our quickness really closed the pocket and caused that quarterback to scramble,” Demro said.

Joe Demro

Trojans senior quarterback Thomas Schmidt said it’s challenging facing Demro and company in practice.

“They make me tired, they push me to make me better and we’ve got one of the best defenses,” he said.

Against the Hornets, Schmidt threw four touchdown passes, including a pair to senior wide receiver Jacob Wildermuth in the first quarter.

Edina eventually found some rhythm in the second quarter, with Sandven finding senior wide receiver Lucas Flemming in the end zone, cutting the deficit to 21-7. Wayzata (2-0) answered with another touchdown.

The Demro-led Trojans defense recorded eight sacks. “He’s a scary man in practice,’’ Schmidt said.

The Hornets (1-1) didn’t score again until late in the fourth quarter on a 25-yard touchdown run by junior running back Sawyer Anderson.

“They got to me early, but we just kept on pushing,” Sandven said.               

Wayzata running back Christian Vasser (4) broke free for a long second-quarter run that set up the Trojans’ fourth touchdown. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

First report

Senior quarterback Thomas Schmidt threw four touchdown passes as Wayzata defeated Edina 34-15.

Schmidt found senior wide receiver Jacob Wildermuth twice on crossing patterns for touchdowns in the first quarter. Wayzata (2-0) extended the lead to 21-0.

Edina junior quarterback George Sandven shook off the Trojans' pass rush in the second quarter and found senior wide receiver Lucas Flemming in the end zone to make it 21-7.

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