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Football: East Ridge comes back to defeat Cretin-Derham Hall, Park dominates over Henry Sibley

Zach Zebrowski looks down the field for an open receiver in East Ridge's comeback win over Cretin-Derham Hall. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 2
Emmanuel Okeleye gets the hand off and tries to find the open lane. HE had two rushing touchdowns in East Ridge's comeback win over Cretin-Derham Hall. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 2

Friday night

East Ridge 33, Cretin-Derham Hall 29

The Raptors were trailing 29-13 in the third quarter and the momentum was going towards the Raiders more and more until the fourth quarter came.

Then, it was all East Ridge.

The Raptors scored 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter and with 22 seconds left in the game took a 33-29 lead as Zach Zebrowski found Cameron Ashford for a 21-yard touchdown.

Cretin-Derham Hall was facing a losing streak heading into Friday night as the Raiders lost to Woodbury a couple weeks ago and Blaine just this past week.

The first half of the game was up and down with two strong defenses keeping the score at 0-0 for the first quarter. The offenses couldn't convert fourth-down attempts and it led to the two teams starting their drives within the 10-yard line.

In the second quarter, the Raiders scored first with a field goal and a fumble recovery that was returned for a touchdown to make a 10-0 lead. The Raptors came back before the end of the half as Emmanuel Okeleye found the end zone from one yard out.

The third quarter was dominated by Cretin-Derham Hall as the Raiders scored three touchdowns to the Raptors' one touchdown by Okeleye. The game was three-fourths over and Cretin-Derham Hall was leading 29-13.

East Ridge made their comeback in the fourth quarter starting with a five-yard pass from Zebrowski to Simon Stark to make it a 29-19 lead for the Raiders. The Raptors continued the scoring with a two-yard rushing touchdown by Zebrowski to make it only a three-point lead for Cretin-Derham Hall.

Finally, with 22 seconds left in the game, Zebrowski found Ashford for the winning touchdown bringing all the Raptors fans and student section to their feet in the homecoming win.

The win on Friday night gives East Ridge a 4-1 record on the season and a 4-0 conference record. This puts the Raptors on top of the Suburban East Conference heading into three more games in the regular season.

The Raptors will travel to Mounds View on Friday, Oct. 5 for their next game. Then, they travel to Woodbury for the rivalry game on Friday, Oct. 12 before hosting Centennial on Wednesday, Oct. 17 to finish out the season.

Park 37, Henry Sibley 0

The Wolfpack used the confidence from last week's win into Friday night's win over Henry Sibley. The winning streak is up to two games after the win and the scoring was from many different people throughout the night.

The scoring started with a 60-yard touchdown pass from Marshaun Campbell to Andres Pettis to make it a 7-0 lead. After, Campbell found Payton Shafer for a 65-yard touchdown to make it 14-0.

The throwing game continued as Campbell found another receiver, Gunnar Ossmo, for a 26-yard touchdown to make the score 20-0. The running game started near the end of the first half when Uriah Davis ran 60 yards to the 1-yard line and punched it in for the touchdown and a 27-0 lead.

Ossmo finished the half with a 2-yard rushing touchdown to make it a 34-0 game for the Wolfpack. Park only scored three points in the second half as Bryce Holtan kicked a 36-yard field goal.

The Wolfpack defense was strong throughout the entire game and will look to continue that dominance on Friday, Oct. 5 as Park travels to South St. Paul. After that game, the Wolfpack will host St. Thomas Academy and Simley to finish out the regular season.

Saturday night

Minneapolis Southwest 55, Academy Force 12

Academy Force had a tough time fighting off Minneapolis Southwest on Saturday afternoon as they lost 55-12. The loss brings the team’s record down to 0-6 this season.

Academy Force have two more regular season games left to seek its first win of the season. The team will have this upcoming weekend off and will return on Friday, Oct. 12 against Fridley. The last game will be on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at St. Paul Highland Park.

Brian Mozey

I am the sports writer for the Woodbury Bulletin and South Washington County Bulletin. I'm a graduate from the Greenlee School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Iowa State University and have always had a passion for sports since a young age. Whether it was watching or playing sports, I always knew sports would be in my career. I've been born and raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis and look forward to continuing to learn more about the Woodbury and Cottage Grove area throughout my time in this position. 

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