Maple Grove running back Evan Hull (26) turns the corner while being tailed by White Bear Lake defender Zachary Griebel (2) en route to a long run in the first half of the game Friday at Maple Grove. Photo: David Joles, Star Tribune
Maple Grove football coach Matt Lombardi instructed the postgame crowd of fans around his players to spread into a large circle and directed senior running back Evan Hull to the center.
In keeping with Crimson birthday tradition, Hull held up a football with both hands, fixed his gaze on the pigskin and spun around once for each year. After 18 spins, Hull punted the ball out of the circle to a roar of approval.
More dizzying numbers made Hull the center of attention all Friday night. He ran for 309 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-0 victory against White Bear Lake in the first round of the Class 6A tournament.
Maple Grove senior running back Evan Hull turned 18 years old on Friday and blew out White Bear Lake.
Hull, the Crimson’s primary offensive weapon all season, ran for 309 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-0 victory in the first round of the Class 6A tournament.
With the victory, Maple Grove (4-5), a No. 4 seed, advances to play Friday – likely at Lakeville North (9-0), the top-ranked team in Class 6A and a No. 1 seed.
Hull carried 21 times for 168 yards and two scores in the first half. He added a 77-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. His performance out-shined all but one this season, a 387-yard, four touchdown effort in the season opener.