Eastview running back Quintcy Suggs (37) stiff arms Robbinsdale Armstrong defender Mikey Kamano (40) on Friday night at Eastview High School. Photo by Carter Jones, SportsEngine
Eastview running back Isaiah Misukanis (18) glides into the end zone after beating the last Robbinsdale Armstrong defender on Friday night at Eastview High School. Photo by Carter Jones, SportsEngine
Eastview knew it would have to adjust its offensive game plan heading into its Class 6A playoff matchup against Robbinsdale Armstrong with driving rain and temperatures in the 40s.
During the regular season, the Lightning often used a balanced offensive attack as they played to a .500 record. On Friday, Mother Nature and late October Minnesota weather had other plans.
"It was really the game plan to run the ball, and we did it well," said Eastview running back Quintcy Suggs, whose third-quarter touchdown was the final blow in a 21-12 home victory for the Lightning.
Quintcy Suggs and Eastview (5-4) survived the elements and a talented Robbinsdale Armstrong passing offense in a 21-12 home victory in the first round of the Class 6A tournament on Friday night.
Suggs’ third-quarter, 42-yard touchdown run gave the Lightning a 21-6 lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Suggs finished with 22 carries for 137 yards.
Armstrong (4-5) made a late push with a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Jake Breitbach, giving the Falcons an opportunity to pull within one possession with 3:15 remaining. However, the following two-point passing attempt was unsuccessful.
Mikey Kamano helped get the Lightning on the board in the first quarter with a touchdown off a blocked kick. Teammate Jack Lewison was credited with the block on the Falcons’ punt.
The Falcons responded three minutes into the second quarter when Breitbach found a seam and rushed 75 yards for a touchdown. However, two minutes later, Isaiah Misukanis responded by running for a 16-yard Lightning touchdown.
Trailing in the second quarter, Armstrong made a late push on a 70-yard drive before halftime. But the Eastview defense came up with a turnover on downs, stopping a fourth-down pass, to keep the Lightning ahead 14-6.
Armstrong’s Breitbach completed 20 of 43 passes for 141 yards. Kham Chiaokhiao-Bowman caught 13 of those passes for 104 yards.
Robbinsdale Armstrong wide receiver Kham Chiaokhiao-Bowman (6) falls a yard short of the goal line against Eastview on Friday night at Eastview High School. Photo by Carter Jones, SportsEngine
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