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Minnetonka rallies again and again and again to defeat Wayzata

By DAVID LA VAQUE, Star Tribune, 09/07/18, 9:30PM CDT


Trailing at halftime, the second-ranked Skippers took and re-took the lead three times to escape with a 27-24 victory.

Minnetonka wide receiver Braden Fiske ran the ball into the end zone for a touchdown in the second half. Photo: ANTHONY SOUFFLE • anthony.souffle@startribune.com

Minnetonka’s wild 27-24 comeback victory against Wayzata, coupled with No. 1 Eden Prairie’s loss, makes the No. 2 Skippers the favorite for the top spot next week.

What does Minnetonka senior quarterback Aaron Syverson think?

“It’s nice — and I don’t mean this in a bad way — but we know what we’re capable of,” Syverson said. “We think we can be pretty good.”

Such confidence helped Minnetonka outlast No. 10 Wayzata in a game with five lead changes in the second half.

Trailing 12-10 at halftime, Minnetonka got a second Grant Altman field goal, this one from 30 yards, to go ahead by a point. Two plays earlier, a penalty nullified a Skippers’ touchdown pass.

First report

No. 2 Minnetonka outlasted No. 10 Wayzata 27-24 in a wild game featuring seven lead changes – five in the second half.

Trailing 12-10 at halftime Friday, Minnetonka got a second Grant Altman field goal, this one from 30 yards out, to go ahead by a point. Two plays earlier, the Skippers had a touchdown pass nullified by a penalty.

Wayzata missed a field goal attempt for a second time. But the Trojans cashed in on their next possession. Keaton Heide hit Nicholas Kallerup for their second touchdown connection of the evening, this one from 26 yards. Wayzata took a 18-13 into the fourth quarter.

Ben Tolkinen changed that for Minnetonka, taking a screen pass deep into Wayzata territory and finishing the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. The Skippers led 20-18.

Wayzata came right back, using a fourth-down conversion to propel a scoring drive finished by Bennett Fragomeni. But the 24-20 lead would not stand.

Aaron Syverson hit Braden Fiske behind the defense for a 53-yard touchdown with 2:28 to play and the Skippers led 27-24.

Raheem Brown’s interception at Minnetonka’s 25-yard line kept Wayzata from making another end zone push.

Check back later for more on the game.

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