November football was official this Thursday night as we took the field in Eden Prairie under a snow fall against a very good Woodbury football team. After a hard fought 48 minutes, the Crimson prevailed 31-12 and allowed us the opportunity to play in US Bank Stadium next Thursday night in the semifinals.
This game belonged to the Defense. It was far from a perfect game where we bent a couple times, but when the time was needed to make a big stop, this group came through time after time. Cade Cook led the team in tackles with 11, and Jace Uzzell had 10 with a huge play at the end of the half that stopped a fake field goal along with two sacks. Kiers Brevik and Alan Jou added sacks, while Jacob Anderson and Sawyer Skanson had interceptions that stopped big drives. They did a wonderful job all night as we gave Woodbury extra possessions throughout the night.
Offensively we hit three big plays and ran the ball effectively as we rushed for 317 yards on the night. Derrick Jameson continues his all-state caliber play with 219 yards on 18 carries and 2 touchdowns, while Jacob Kilzer ran for another score and threw for 122 yards and a TD. Sam Peters was the recipient of an 82 yards touchdown catch that followed a great defensive possession and our offensive line did a nice job against a very big, physical line that did not allow any movement all year. This group has to continue to improve and believe they can score and move the ball on every possession. The elements are no longer a factory, so it's time to execute.
This week, we get the opportunity to play on Thursday night against perennial power Eden Prairie at US Bank. It will be an awesome night of football, and there is no other team I want to take into the Bank than this one. They are a great group that are ready for this moment and will have a blast every play out there. Our job is simple this week. Prepare our butts off to get Step 4 and then let it loose. This team belongs here and we need all of Maple Grove out there going nuts making US Bank into The Grove. We need it loud and rockin'! Let's Go!!! Go Crimson!