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Top games: Minnetonka aims to reverse course against rival Eden Prairie

By Taylor Lunemann, SportsEngine, 10/09/17, 11:45AM CDT


Oct. 13: The Skippers are undefeated this season and look to end a 14-game losing streak to the Eagles.

Minnetonka has secured signature victories over Class 6A-ranked Maple Grove and Edina this season, and the Skippers look to add to that list when they travel to Eden Prairie this week. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

When it comes to "big games," it may not get much better than a matchup between teams ranked No. 1 and No. 2.

That's the case Friday when Eden Prairie meets Minnetonka.

But this game features plenty of other intriguing storylines.

Both teams are undefeated -- the last Class 6A teams with perfect records -- and each is hoping for an outcome that favorably impacts a streak in this longtime rivalry. If that wasn't enough, the league goes to the winner of Friday's game. 

Minnetonka (6-0, 3-0) has earned its No. 2 position in the Associated Press Class 6A rankings, and the upstart Skippers are a legitimate threat to upend the No. 1 Eagles (6-0, 2-0) -- something that hasn't happened in more than a decade.

Eden Prairie has won 14 in a row against Minnetonka dating back to 2004, but despite the history, these Skippers command respect, especially after a 28-27 victory over No. 3-6A Edina last week.

The Eagles, who have won six state titles in the last 13 years, have overcome injuries to remain undefeated this season, and their depth and talent make them a difficult team to beat, even more so when they are playing at home. 

This matchupy look more like a deep playoff matchup than a Week 7 meeting, but here we are.

While Eden Prairie enters the matchup as heavy favorites, Minnetonka may have what it takes to make this one of the more competitive games in the rivalry.

So this contest, one that could be repeated deep in the Class 6A state tournament, is our Top Game of the Week -- and one of the best we've have all season.

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