Edina hands Irish rare home loss

John Sherman
Sports Editor

Football team is 2-0, Wayzata next

Over the past 10 high school football seasons, Rosemount High has only three home-field losses.

One of those losses was inflicted Sept. 8, when the visiting Edina Hornets edged the Irish 20-17 in overtime.

Anders Nelson of the Edina High football team makes a leaping catch for a touchdown in the Hornets’ 20-17 victory Sept. 8 at Rosemount. (Photo Courtesy of Guy Warren Photography)
Anders Nelson of the Edina High football team makes a leaping catch for a touchdown in the Hornets’ 20-17 victory Sept. 8 at Rosemount. (Photo Courtesy of Guy Warren Photography)

Each team had one possession – beginning on the opponent’s 10 yard line – in the overtime period. Rosemount scored on a field goal, and then the Hornets won the game on a 10-yard pass from senior quarterback Ryan Meyer to senior slot receiver Luke Glenna.

“How often do you see a walk-off win in football?” Edina’s first-year head coach Derrin Lamker asked. “First, we had to hold Rosemount, and we stopped them on the 5 yard line before they kicked the field goal.”

On Edina’s possession a bootleg pass failed on first down, but on second down Meyer found his target player, Glenna, in the corner one-on-one against a defensive back. So what did Glenna do? He jumped and made the catch.

“The play was awesome for Luke, awesome for the team,” said Lamker, whose team improved to 2-0 on the season. “We had a big crowd, a sell-out crowd, at Rosemount. It was a great atmosphere.”

Next for the Hornets is a West District game against the Wayzata Trojans at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, at Edina’s Kuhlman Field. Wayzata, which beat Rosemount 28-27 the first week of the season, slipped back to the .500 mark last Friday night with a 21-6 loss to Minnetonka.

“We know Wayzata will give a great effort,” said Lamker. “They have a lot of numbers there and a lot of good football players.”

One player who is doubtful for Friday night is Wayzata’s No. 13, junior quarterback Keaton Heide. He missed the Minnetonka game with a foot injury, and in his absence the Trojans struggled to move the football. The Trojans had 91 yards rushing and 43 yards through the air for a 134 total.

Wayzata rotates two tailbacks, senior Deshawn Cockrell and sophomore Christian Vasser. Junior Alec Underwood is another backfield threat. If a drive stalls, junior Reid Sanders gives the Trojans a chance for long-range field goals.

Defensively, the Trojans are led by senior linebacker Calem Eugene, who made 16 tackles against Minnetonka.

Edina’s inside linebackers, seniors Nick Bloom and Pericles Angelos, had big games against Rosemount, with Bloom making 14 tackles and Angelos adding eight.

Junior Matt Cavanagh, Edina’s workhorse junior running back, did some damage against Rosemount with 101 yards on 24 carries. He had Edina’s lone rushing touchdown on a 36-yard burst in the second quarter. That score came after Meyer had given Edina a 7-0 lead on a 9-yard pass to his senior receiver, Anders Nelson.

Rosemount scored a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter to force overtime.

Nelson was Edina’s leading receiver with six catches for 26 yards. Max Hanson caught one pass for a 59-yard gain. Glenna had two receptions for 18 yards, including his walk-off touchdown.

Certainly, the Lamker era in Edina football is off to a good start. Two years ago, Lamker coached Osseo to the state Class 6A championship. Last year, he joined the Edina coaching staff as an associate head coach, working alongside former Hornet mentor Reed Boltmann, who stepped down following last season.

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