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From StarTribune.com

Mitchell Underhill hit the Irish with four big strikes on the ground, and the Trojans rolled to the 5A crown.

By DAVID La VAQUE, Star Tribune

Surrounded by reporters wanting to know everything about the young running back who enjoyed a championship performance for the ages, Wayzata’s Mitch Underhill got interrupted by teammate Scott Siegel.

“I just need the trophy,” Siegel said as he grabbed the Class 5A state tournament championship hardware. “You can keep talking.”

There was much to discuss. Underhill, a 15-year-old sophomore running back, led the top-ranked Trojans (11-0) to a 31-14 victory over No. 4 Rosemount (12-1) and their third state championship in the past six seasons. He carried 12 times for 247 yards and four touchdowns, on runs of 45, 66, 58 and 58 yards — the last three coming in the third quarter of Friday night’s game at the Metrodome. Underhill came into Friday’s game with a modest 747 yards and nine touchdowns

“When I see an open field, I’m going to run as fast as I can and go as hard as I can,” Underhill said. “I’m not going to let anyone touch me.”

Underhill’s first touchdown, a 45-yard sprint, gave Wayzata a 7-0 lead on its second play from scrimmage 51 seconds into the game. He struck again later at a key moment of the third quarter.

Rosemount tied the score on a short drive created when the Trojans’ Aaron Roth fumbled a punt return at the Wayzata 17-yard line. Irish quarterback Kevin Larson won a sprint to the goal line on a game-tying 3-yard touchdown run.

A 24-yard Ruan Albuquerque field goal, set up by a Rosemount fumble, gave Wayzata a 10-7 edge at halftime.

Downing a punt inside the Wayzata 1 and forcing a punt put Rosemount 39 yards away from taking a third-quarter lead. But the Trojans defense dug deep.

“We wanted to show we are as dominant of a defense that’s ever gone through Wayzata,” said Siegel, a starting defensive end. “We really wanted to make a point that no matter what, we were going to stop them.”

After allowing a first down, the defense forced the Irish to turn the ball over on downs. Cornerback Alex Carlson knocked away a potential touchdown pass in the end zone.

The turning point was at hand. Wayzata’s offensive line and Underhill took control by turning a third-and-1 run into a 66-yard touchdown and a 17-7 lead.

In the process, Underhill turned teammates into fans.

“His first touchdown was phenomenal,” Siegel said. “His second one gave me goose bumps. And after the next two, I was literally in awe and could not speak for a minute. I don’t know if I should say it because he’s only a sophomore, but he’s as good of a back as I’ve seen at Wayzata.”

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