Demeir Flemino chose an ideal time for his second touchdown of the evening. Jack Tollison then stopped the game.
The games in the third quarter, 80 seconds apart, resulted in a 31:17 win over Prior Lake on Friday in a class 6A playoff game in the first round.
Toby Anene ran for 133 yards and a touchdown for the fourth seeded Raptors (6-3), who will next travel to the top seeded Maple Grove on November 5th in a round of 16 match. The Crimson defeated Roseville 49-7.
“Our children understand that Prior Lake is such a good team; They are so dangerous on the offensive and have big, fast children on the defensive, ”he said.
In the middle of the third quarter, Tanner Zolnosky tried to calm his coach down.
After East Ridge’s 17-point lead was reduced to seven, the second quarterback rolled right on a broken game and threw a perfectly placed throw over a Laker defender and into the hands of Flemino, who played the final 35 yards remained untouched to a 65. to complete the yard score and a 24-10 lead.
“I was a bit short, could have been six inches in front of him, but it was great,” said Zolnosky.
Prior Lake (5: 4) met a 4th and a 1 in midfield in the following drive. The Lakers gambled for the second time and were again unsuccessful.
This time, Joey Krouse ran right and was hit by Tollison, who was quickly joined by three or four other raptors without a profit.
“Our defensive coordinator will put us exactly where we should be. … I see that and I just hit it. Strike it quickly and set it up, ”said Tollison. “Back on the sidelines, everyone was so pumped up.”
“The swing was huge just because Prior Lake is so dangerous. We didn’t want them to get into this one point area, ”said Fritze.
With the momentum on his side, East Ridge ended eight straight – the final five from a punishing Logan Larson – with the 6-foot-4,260-pound senior, who came off the 2 for a 31- 10 Advantage turned on.
East Ridge has won six of the last seven after losing the first two games of the season – 46-0 at Eden Prairie and 26-14 at Stillwater.
“It was difficult to keep our team motivated, but we are fighters,” said Zolnosky. “… To beat great teams like STMA (Oct 32-29, 20), beat great teams like Prior Lake; It just shows that we have evolved and got better every day, every exercise, every week. ”
“They came out and punched us in the mouth. They played a very physical football game and it was just hard to get us back, ”said Matt Gegenheimer, Prior Lake coach.
Declined 17-0 in the middle of the second quarter, Prior Lake eventually brought some offensive together, with Krouse catching a 21-yard pass from Haas for an 8-play 72-yard in the last minute before break -Drive to crown. The Lakers had a total of 25 yards in their first three drives.
East Ridge couldn’t have got off to a much better start on either side of the ball.
The Raptors converted three-quarters down in an opening game of 17 games, an 8-minute drive that was crowned by a 30-yard field goal from Luke Ryerse.
After an unsuccessful fake punt from Prior Lake, East Ridge got the ball on the 35 of the Lakers. Eight games later, Anene met from nine meters away. A 72 yard reception by a wide open Flemino on the Raptors’ first game of next possession made it 17-0.
“You can’t give up explosive plays for touchdowns, and we did,” said Gegenheimer.
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