Surging Mounds View was a TD away from the lead when the Trojans’ backup QB tucked the ball away on a deflating 62-yard scramble, setting up an insurance TD.

By DAVID LA VAQUE, Star Tribune

It probably figures that the longest offensive gain in a game controlled by defense was forced rather than called.

Part-time Wayzata quarterback Nick Martin was instructed to look for a receiver running a drag route against Mounds View and given the option to run if the play did not come open.

With Mustangs blanketing his receiver, Martin ran 62 yards to Mounds View’s 11. It was the big play the Trojans needed to set up a touchdown and go ahead by 12 points in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 21-16 Trojans victory in a Class 5A state semifinal at the Metrodome.

Fighters to the end, Mounds View (11-2) answered with a touchdown and was not out of the game until a pass fell short on fourth-and-6 from Wayzata’s 39.

With the victory, Wayzata (10-0) advances to play Rosemount (12-0) on Friday in the Prep Bowl championship game. Wayzata previously won Class 5A titles in 2005 and 2008. Rosemount won in 1981.

“We knew we’d have to earn this one,” Wayzata coach Brad Anderson said.

Two touchdowns six minutes into the game, one each from the defense and offense, gave No. 1 Wayzata a 14-0 lead over No. 6 Mounds View that the Trojans held into the fourth quarter.

Then Mounds View found the end zone, first on a ball tipped by Jimmy Duffy into the waiting arms of Blake Anderson. The play capped a 17-play, 85-yard drive and cut Wayzata’s lead to 14-7.

Wayzata entered Saturday’s semifinal game having outscored its previous three opponents 111-0. The Trojans had not allowed a point since overtime of their victory over Eden Prairie on Oct. 20.

Wayzata had to punt away its next possession from its own 23, and the attempt was blocked by Maze Thompson. The ball rolled into the end zone for a safety and gave the Mustangs the ball.

Then Martin, who plays the third drive of each half in relief of starting quarterback Sasha Doran, came into the game. Though not a running quarterback, Martin is an ex-soccer player in his second year of football. So he is familiar with the concept of making runs.

“His run tonight might have been the difference,” Anderson said. “He’s really an unflappable athlete.”

Aaron Roth’s touchdown run made it 21-9 with 5:34 remaining, enough time for Duffy to haul in a one-handed touchdown catch and for the Mustangs defense to force a punt.

“We fed off our defense’s emotion,” Mounds View coach Jim Galvin said. “We just asked them to give us chances. In the end we just needed one more first down.”


Highlight video of the Mounds View vs Wayzata playoff game courtesy of Coon Rapids Sports on YouTube


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