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Minnetonka holds off STMA late for victory

By Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine, 10/01/21, 9:45PM CDT


The Skippers scored 16 points in the second quarter, giving them some room as the Knights tried to come back.

Minnetonka receiver Joey Gendreau (7) is congratulated by fellow receivers Cade Conzemius (5) and Seth Beil (8) after scoring on a 17-yard pass from Skippers quarterback Will Martin. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

First report

Two first-half interceptions by senior safety Evan Swenson helped stake Minnetonka to an early lead and the Skippers hung on for a 23-20 homecoming victory over No. 7-4A St. Michael-Albertville on Friday night.

Swenson’s interceptions, his fifth and sixth of the season, led to 10 second-quarter points as the Skippers (4-1, 2-1) grabbed a 16-7 halftime lead. His first pick came just one play after Minnetonka’s Joey Gendreau scored on a 17-yard pass from Will Martin. The extra point kick failed and the Skippers trailed 7-6.

Swenson’s second interception came with the Knights near the Minnetonka goal line. He returned nearly the length of the field to set up Keagan Zabilla’s 36-yard field goal with 4:56 left in the half.

St. Michael-Albertville (3-2, 2-2) scored on its first possession when running back Jarrett Bennett broke free for a 26-yard run with 8:55 left in the first quarter. But the turnovers kept the Knights off the scoreboard the rest of the half. 

Gendreau and Martin connected on a 22-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to put the Skippers up 23-7. The Knights rallied for a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter, including another long run by Bennett (33 yards) but could get no closer.

Minnetonka's Evan Swenson (18) returns his second interception of the second quarter. He nearly reached the end zone on the opposite end of the field. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

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