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Minneapolis Southwest quarterback finds himself in unexpected territory

By Blaze Fugina, SportsEngine, 09/17/21, 6:00PM CDT


Preston Engen is only in his second season playing quarterback and continued his tear to open the season and led Lakers to victory over the Spartans on Friday.

Minneapolis Southwest senior quarterback Preston Engen (10) threw for 4 touchdowns Friday night in a thrilling 36-35 overtime victory against Richfield. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

Southwest Minneapolis senior Preston Engen had not played a down of high school football as he headed into his junior season less than 14 months ago.

On Friday, his touchdown pass to teammate Andrew Gregerson in overtime helped the Lakers (3-0, 1-0) win a wild 36-35 game at subdivision opponent Richfield.

Engen was already off to a fast start this fall, compiling six touchdown passes in two games before Friday night. And in a wild game, the senior added four more touchdown passes and threw for more than 200 yards in the overtime win.

And he had little experience playing the sport before his junior year.

Mitchell January (14) threw for one touchdown and ran in two, plus rushed for a 2-point conversion against the visiting Lakers. Richfield fell short on a blocked extra point in overtime. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

First Report

A blocked extra point kick helped Minneapolis Southwest escape with a 36-35 overtime victory over subdivision foe Richfield after four quarters of offense Friday.

The Lakers (3-0, 1-0) appeared to hold control of the game as they headed to halftime with a 29-7 lead thanks to three passing touchdowns from quarterback Preston Engen and one rushing score from running back Graham Knapp.

But the Spartans (1-2, 0-1) stormed back in the second half, scoring 22 unanswered points on two rushing touchdowns and another through the air from quarterback Mitchell January.

With the Lakers getting the ball first in overtime, Engen found receiver Andrew Gregerson for a touchdown and seven points. The Spartans responded with a fourth-down touchdown pass from January to Kaleb Olson. However, the Lakers blocked the following extra point kick to finish off the win.

Engen completed 23 passes for 196 yards for Minneapolis Southwest. Richfield’s January countered with 22 completions for 336 yards.

Minneapolis Southwest's Andrew Gregerson (4) hauls in an overtime touchdown surrounded by Richfield defenders. The Lakers made the extra point, which turned out to be the deciding point Friday night. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

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