Edina senior lineman Quinn Carroll hoists teammate Anders Freeland after Freeland hauled in a 17-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter Friday. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
Edina scored three times in the second quarter before handing the keys over to the defense and a ball-control offense that allowed Hornets to give to their homecoming crowd a rugged 16-3 win over Eastview.
It was a satisfying end to the week for Edina senior Matt Cavanagh and his classmates, as well as a 180-degree turn from last Friday's 23-0 loss to Wayzata.
Matt Cavanagh tosses the ball to the official after scoring the game's first touchdown on a 1-yard run Friday night in Edina. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
Edina emphatically addressed the sting of last week’s 23-0 shutout loss to Wayzata with a furious effort against Eastview Friday night, culminating in the Hornets bottling the Lightning with a thorough 16-3 victory at home.
The Hornets (3-1, 0-1) broke the shutout on the first play of the second quarter when senior Matt Cavanagh punched in a 1-yard touchdown, which pushed Edina out front for good. Any lingering effects from last week’s frustrating loss were put to bed, and the Hornets went about wearing down Eastview over the balance of the game.
A short time after Cavanagh’s plunge, senior quarterback Ethan Hufendick connected with senior wideout Anders Freeland on 17-yard touchdown strike midway through the quarter as Edina took hold.
The second half played out scoreless as Edina bled the clock, and Eastview agonized to find its footing.
Cavanagh finished with a touchdown and an interception to drive the Hornets.
Eastview (2-2, 2-0) struggled against the staunch Edina pass rush, and failed to sustain drives against a disciplined defensive effort by the Hornets. The Lightning’s lone points came just before halftime when kicker Reece Miron hit a 37-yard field goal.
Eastview senior quarterback Erik Reimann drops back to throw while Edina defensive end Will Davis rushes the pass in the second quarter Friday. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
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