Wayzata High’s final drive of the season ended with a 1-yard touchdown sneak by junior quarterback Andrew Reding.
Unfortunately, it was too little, too late as the Trojans lost a Class 6A state semifinal playoff game to Eden Prairie 21-7 Nov. 16 at the Metrodome.
The Eagles controlled the ball with a solid ground game, and that was the difference.
“Eden Prairie is a much tougher club if it’s able to get the lead,” said Wayzata head coach Brad Anderson after the game. “They made big plays to keep drives going, and we didn’t.”
The Trojans had trouble moving the ball in the first half, recording only three first downs in the first 24 minutes.
Dan Fisher’s touchdown on a 1-yard run gave the Eagles a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter.
A minute before halftime the Eagles scored again on a 10-yard run by Anthony Anderson. The touchdown was set up by Anderson’s 24-yard run on the previous play.
“That one hurt,” said Anderson.
Looking at a 14-0 halftime deficit, the Trojans made some adjustments to slow down Eden Prairie’s rushing attack, but at the same time, the Trojans sputtered offensively.
Eden Prairie’s linebackers bottled up Trojan halfback Jeff Borchardt, who had a total of nine touchdowns in the two previous playoff games. He had only one run of more than 15 yards.
EP’s Connor Johnson intercepted a Trojan pass to set up his team’s final touchdown, which came on Fisher’s 2-yard run with 1:58 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Reding directed a 61-yard Trojan touchdown drive, completing a 27-yard pass to Borchardt and a 19-yard pass to Josh Gillespie along the way. Clay Elmore kicked he extra point to cut EP’s lead to 21-7.
When Wayzata failed to recover the ensuing onside kickoff, the Eagles had to run only one play to kill off the final few seconds.
Reding’s performance was a highlight for Wayzata as he completed five of six pass attempts for 64 yards. Borchardt had 15 rushes for 51 yards in his final game as a Trojan.
With the loss, Wayzata finished the 2012 season 8-2 overall. Eden Prairie, a 16-0 loser to Wayzata during the regular season, advances to the Prep Bowl against Lakeville North. The game will be played at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, at the Metrodome.