Short playoff runs for Raiders, Beacons football

Barely halfway through October and the season is over for the football teams at Roseville Area High School and Concordia Academy. A one-year schedule adjustment and first-round playoff losses conspired to give athletes on those teams extra time to prepare for the upcoming winter sports seasons.

Roseville

The Raiders faced the tallest of tasks in their Class 6A first-round playoff game. Roseville drew top-ranked and four-time defending state champion Eden Prairie and the Eagles were in control almost from the start.

After forcing Roseville to punt on its first possession, Eden Prairie needed only three plays to cover 91 yards for the first touchdown of the game. The Eagles led 14-0 after the first quarter and 28-0 late in the second.

Roseville put together its only scoring drive of the game right before halftime as it went 68 yards in eight plays. The Raiders capped off the drive with a 24-yard touchdown pass from Henry Bensen to Levi Brown with 27 seconds left until halftime.

The touchdown did little in terms of shifting momentum, however, as Eden Prairie opened the third quarter with a 53-yard, six-play scoring drive to up its lead to 34-7.

Eden Prairie scored again later in the third to make it 41-7 and closed out the scoring with one last touchdown midway through the fourth quarter.

One bright spot in the second half for Roseville was a pair of fumble recoveries that ended Eden Prairie drives.

The loss, Roseville's fourth straight, puts an end to the Raiders' season and leaves them with a final record of 1-8.

With the victory, Eden Prairie advances to the second round, where it will host Lakeville South on Friday.

Concordia Academy

The Beacons had the luxury of opening the post-season at home last week but that factor wasn't enough to get them over the hump. Fifth-seeded Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted pulled off the upset 40-22 over fourth-seeded Concordia Academy.

The loss, Concordia's third consecutive post-season defeat, gave the Beacons back-to-back one-and-done seasons. A year ago Brooklyn Center knocked off Concordia Academy in the first round.

In a bit of an unusual twist, Concordia Academy has played its last six playoff games at home. The last time the Beacons went on the road for a post-season game was in the second round of sections in 2011 when they lost to St. Anthony Village.

Since then, Concordia Academy is 2-4 in its last six playoff games and all of them were played at home.

Concordia Academy finished the 2015 season with a 2-7 record.

Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted advances to Tuesday's section semifinals and plays top-seeded St. Agnes.

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.


Class 6A football playoffs

First round
Game 1 — Lakeville North 34, Buffalo 24
Game 2 — Stillwater 23, Champlin Park 0
Game 3 — Hopkins 28, Rosemount 21
Game 4 — Osseo 48, White Bear Lake 21
Game 5 — Eden Prairie 48, Roseville 7
Game 6 — Lakeville South 15, Blaine 14
Game 7 — Eagan 24, Centennial 21
Game 8 — Totino-Grace 27, Shakopee 20
Game 9 — East Ridge 45, Coon Rapids 20
Game 10 — Prior Lake 21, Minnetonka 0
Game 11 — Cretin-Derham Hall 35, Anoka 14
Game 12 — Wayzata 27, Farmington 0
Game 13 — Maple Grove 28, Eastview 6
Game 14 — Robbinsdale Armstrong 43, Woodbury 27
Game 15 — Edina 21, Mounds View 6
Game 16 — Burnsville 42, Forest Lake 7

Second round, Friday, 7 p.m.
Game 17 — Stillwater at Lakeville North
Game 18 — Hopkins at Osseo
Game 19 — Lakeville South at Eden Prairie
Game 20 — Eagan at Totino-Grace
Game 21 — Prior Lake at East Ridge
Game 22 — Cretin-Derham Hall at Wayzata
Game 23 — Robbinsdale Armstrong at Maple Grove
Game 24 — Edina at Burnsville

Section 4AA football playoffs

Quarterfinals
Game 1 — St. Agnes 45, St. Paul Humboldt 14
Game 2 — Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 40, Concordia Academy 22
Game 3 — Maple Lake 35, Norwood-Young America 6
Game 4 — Spectrum 35, Minneapolis Edison 6

Semifinals, Tuesday
Game 5 — Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted vs. St. Agnes at Hamline University, 7 p.m.
Game 6 — Maple Lake at Spectrum, 3 p.m.

 

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