Wayzata running back Bennett Fragomeni scores the first of his four rushing touchdowns against Centennial on Friday night. The Trojans defeated the Cougars 45-0. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
Senior running back Bennett Fragomeni came into Wayzata’s first round Class 6A tournament with four touchdowns this season. The second-stringer doubled that mark through just three quarters on Friday in the Trojans’ 45-0 victory over Centennial.
Fragomeni and junior Malaki Jackson filled in the backfield for injured starter Christian Vasser, and the tandem didn’t miss a beat. Fragomeni bulled his way for touchdowns from 4, 2, 3, and 5 yards out and finished the game with more than 40 rushing yards. Jackson tacked on 80 yards rushing, including a 9-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter.
“I am incredibly blessed to have an embarrassment of riches in the backfield,” Wayzata coach Lambert Brown said. “We have four guys that can play the position and get the job done on any Friday night.”
But it wasn’t just Wayzata’s offense that was rolling. Their defense, which had given up an average of 25 points a game in the regular season, forced four turnovers, including a first quarter fumble linebacker Trevor Palesch recovered on the Centennial 3-yard line. That set up a 2-yard score by Fragomeni.
Centennial (3-6), which lost starting running back Zach Osmek to an injury early in the game, didn’t cross midfield on offense until the third quarter.
The Trojans (5-4) advance to play No. 4-ranked Woodbury (9-1) next Friday.
The ball pops loose as Wayzata's Trevor Palesch (L) and Keegan Nickel (R) swarm Centennial's Ricky Eason near the goal line. The Trojans recovered the ball in the end zone to help preserve the shutout over the Cougars. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
Senior running back Bennett Fragomeni came into Wayzata’s Class 6A tournament first-round game with four touchdowns on the season. The second-stringer doubled that mark through just three quarters on Friday as the Trojans (5-4) rolled to a 45-0 victory over Centennial.
Fragomeni and junior running back Malaki Jackson filled in the backfield for injured starter Christian Vasser and the tandem didn’t miss a beat. Fragomeni bulled his way for scores of 4, 2, 3, and 5 yards and finished the game with more than 40 rushing yards. Jackson had more than 80 yards rushing and added a 9-yard score in the first quarter. That touchdown was set up by a 49-yard pass by Keaton Heide to wide receiver Nick Kallerup on the previous play.
Centennial's Carter Anderson throws a pass under pressure Friday night against Wayzata. The Cougars fell to the Trojans 45-0. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine