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Posted by Guest (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 11/19/2011 11:30:05 PM

By Luke Sleeper

Defending 5A state champion Wayzata has earned the opportunity to reclaim its title. To do so, the Trojans had to get past fellow football power Cretin-Derham Hall. The Trojans advanced to their fifth Prep Bowl with relative ease, finding great success on the ground and through the air.

Nick Martin led a very balanced Wayzata offense (416 total yards) in its 42-0 win. The running tandem of Antonio Ford and Erik Roti combined for 141 yards on the ground. The combination of Martin and receiver Jeff Borchardt gave the Raiders trouble all night long; Borchardt caught seven passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns.

The Trojan defense was equally strong, stifling the second-ranked Raiders to just 89 yards on offense. Cretin struggled to get anything going all night as No. 1 Wayzata forced them to punt seven times and held the running back duo of Kendrick Brewster and James Onwualu to just 70 yards rushing. The Cretin-Derham Hall offense did not cross midfield until the five-minute mark in the fourth quarter, when substitutes were in for both sides.

Wayzata (13-0) will return to the Metrodome next Friday night to defend its championship against Lake Conference foe Eden Prairie. The last time these two teams met, Wayzata won a closely contested defensive battle 9-0 during the regular season.

--Luke Sleeper is a journalism student at the University of Minnesota


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