On a crisp, fall night at Minnetonka high school, we took on a 4-1 Minnetonka team and left with a convincing 45 - 14 win to get our record to 4 - 2. For the second straight week, we came out with a fast start and built a 35-7 lead by the middle of the 2nd quarter then maintaining it the rest of the way. That is encouraging because fast starts represents the preparation during the week, and I am proud of how we have improved in that area over the past few games on our schedule.
Offensively, we came out and did a great job of taking advantage of opportunities we had in front of us. Brad Davison had a great all-around game, not only physically, but mentally making decisions in front of great pressure. He finished 9 - 15 for 233 yards and 3 touchdowns, while adding 86 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown with his feet. Jack Dugan had 90 yards receiving on 3 catches with a touchdown, Teddy Raasch added 4 receptions for 84 yards and a score, and Ryan Hanscome pulled in a 56 yard touchdown catch with finished our first half scoring. In the 2nd half, sophomore Nate Adams was able to score his first career touchdown from 9 yards out, and sophomore Evan Hull added 47 yards on 9 carries. However, it's exciting to know that this side of our team can still can get much better because we saw many things on film that need improving. We are still a work in progress, but I look forward to seeing us improve week in and week out as we move on.
Defensively, we keep improving and caused much more havoc in the backfield this week earning many more 3 and outs than we had in previous weeks. Jake Hanson had a huge game with 14 total tackles and 4 tackles for loss, Ben Pachske added 10 total tackles and a tackle for loss, and Adam Skogman, Tony Joksimovic, and Matt Slaugh all added sacks. Teddy Raasch did a great job at corner this week with 3 pass break ups and nine different players on our team had tackles for loss. As I keep repeating week in and week out, the lifeline of the team falls within this unit. If they keep improving every week in all facets and play fast throughout, this group is what will allow us to gain and maintain momentum in future games.
Our Special teams did a nice job other than one blip on kickoff, and provided great field position for us throughout the night. Andy Peterson keeps doing a great job kicking making all six of his extra points and his only field goal attempt of the night. We had two punters do great jobs with Carter Kitterman and Teddy Raasch both hitting some great punts that shifted the field. Also, Ryan Hanscome and Ky Carlson both had nice returns that allowed us to start possessions around the forty yard line. We need to keep improving this area, but it is the difference maker come playoff time.
Next week is Senior night at 'The Grove' against a very good, well-coached Prior Lake team that has been playing well of late. They will play very physical and smart, and they are a program that understands what is great about football. It will be a great challenge this week, and a very important one for us because of how it affects things down the road. I always encourage the Seniors to look around and appreciate everything on this day because they have poured their hearts and souls into something bigger than themselves and they should know just how far they have come. We hope to have more games on that field come playoff time, but this symbolically represents the journey, not the end-point. It's a big week for us, and we need the place filled. We need to get to 5-2 and put is in good position as we have a short week to close the regular season. It's hard to believe, but we are to the final quarter of our regular season and it's time we need to be peaking as a team.