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Football: East Ridge season comes to an end in section finals

Kendall Moore shows excitement after scoring a touchdown, but East Ridge falls to Eastview 27-17 to end its season. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 3
Alex Larson (left), Patrick Lynott (middle) and Zach Zebrowski (right) discuss the previous drive on the bench. East Ridge fell to Eastview on Friday night 27-17 to end its season. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 3
Simon Stark finds an opening as he gets a first down for East Ridge. The Raptors fell to Eastview 27-17 to end their season. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 3 / 3

Eastview 27, East Ridge 17

Brotherhood and family.

Those two words describe this East Ridge football team this season.

That togetherness was shown before, during and after Friday night's game as the No. 2 seed Raptors fell to No. 3 seed Eastview 27-17 to end their season in the section finals.

"It's not winning and losing," said head coach Dan Fritze. "It's that we don't get be around these players every day."

It was a night with two good teams and Fritze knew the key to success was to limit the amount of errors on both sides of the ball. East Ridge had a few mistakes with some interceptions and fumble recoveries that gave Eastview the opportunity to capitalize on them.

And Eastview did.

At the half, Eastview was up 13-10 and East Ridge came out in the third quarter ready to take the lead again. The Raptors did just that as Kendall Moore went in for a rushing touchdown and gave East Ridge a 17-13 lead in the third quarter.

Eastview didn't go away though in the fourth quarter and used a couple of interceptions from Zach Zebrowski to take the lead back and, eventually, win the game.

With this loss, East Ridge ends its season in the section finals. More importantly though, the Raptors lose 28 seniors on the varsity roster.

Those seniors mean everything to Fritze because to him, they're more than just football players.

"[The seniors] are just amazing humans," Fritze said. "That's really all there is to it. You don't find a group like that. They're unbelievable."

Even though the season has come to an end, East Ridge finished the 2018 season with a 5-3 regular season record. The Raptors went on a four-game winning streak beating some tough conference opponents like Stillwater and Cretin-Derham Hall.

The Raptors went on to win the first round of the playoffs last week with a 44-16 win over Forest Lake. For Fritze, he enjoys seeing the growth of each player on this team and hopes to continue seeing that in the future.

"We've known these kids since they were young players,' Fritze said. "And now to see them become awesome young men is the coolest thing ever. You just don't want it to end."

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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