Football: New Life Academy falls to Providence Academy
Providence Academy 55, Academy Force 6
It was a tough afternoon for Academy Force as the team drops to 0-3 on the season. Providence Academy's Jeff Ekiyor took over early with four straight rushing touchdowns and took the lead 34-0 going into the second quarter.
Cooper Falteisek scored the only touchdown for Academy Force early in the second quarter with a 67-yard rushing touchdown. Academy Force was down 53-6 at the half as Providence Academy scored two points in the entire second half to finish the game with a 55-6 final score.
Academy Force will travel to St. Paul Johnson on Friday, September 14 at 4 p.m.
Mahtomedi 20, Park 7
It was one play or one tackle or one conversion that Mahtomedi was able to achieve in the first half that give them the lead and, eventually, the 20-7 win over Park on Friday night in Cottage Grove, Minnesota.
That's how head coach Darin Glazier and senior captain Payton Shafer described the first half of the game before the game flipped 180 degrees in the second half.
"The first half was dealing with a lot of adjustments and it only took one play for them to gain confidence and momentum to get an early lead," said senior captain Benny Pierre. "The second half brought our confidence back and hopefully we can start their at next week's practices and games."
It was a tale of two halves for the Park Wolfpack, but each half allowed the team and coaches to understand more about their team. Specifically, the heart each player has to continue improving throughout a game to better yourself and your teammates.
The first half allowed Mahtomedi to score 20 unanswered points with one touchdown coming in the first quarter and two more coming in the second quarter. All three of those touchdowns were thrown by No. 2 and the Wolfpack was trailing 20-0 heading into the half.
Then, it was a simple conversation by the leaders of the team about how they wanted to finish this game.
"It felt like we were a touchdown away from gaining momentum and confidence and changing the score," Glazier said. "I liked how we fought in the second half though."
The Wolfpack outscored Mahtomedi 7-0 in the second half as the defense shut down the passing game for two quarters. Even though Park scored with a minute left in the game, it wasn't enough to earn the first victory of the season.
Glazier and the two captains agree that they see growth each week from the team, which means a win will come soon. They like how the team is determined to work hard during practices, so they can perform at the best of their abilities during the game.
This week the focus needs to be on how the defense played in the second half and carry that into next week's game against Hastings. The offense needs to take that last minute touchdown and carry that confidence in scoring into the road game next week as well.
"If we can start where we ended this week for next week's game, I think we have a good chance of coming out with the victory," Shafer said. "Every player on this team is working hard and I think we'll be ready for Hastings."
East Ridge 45, Stillwater 24
The Raptors were able to even out their record to 1-1 after defeating the Ponies in their home opener on Friday night.
It was a big night for three of East Ridge's players including quarterback Zach Zebrowski, running back Kendall Moore and wide receiver Alex Larson.
Zebrowski finished the night with three passing touchdowns and all of them coming in the first half of the game. Two of those touchdowns went to Larson, including a 37-yard touchdown.
Moore took over the game in the second half with three rushing touchdowns in the third quarter. All three touchdowns came from less than 10 yards out, but it gave the Raptors a 45-17 lead, which ultimately gave them the win.
East Ridge will look to continue the winning streak as the Raptors stay home and host White Bear Lake at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 14.