Minnetonka Holds on to Beat Cretin-Derham Hall in State Semifinals

November 17, 2017 11:37 PM

Minnetonka will get a rematch with Eden Prairie with the Class AAAAAA championship at stake. 

The Skippers earned a berth in the title game by holding off Cretin-Derham Hall for a 17-14 victory in the Class AAAAAA semifinals on Friday, Nov. 17 at U.S. Bank Stadium. Minnetonka, the Class AAAAA champion in 2004, built a 17-0 lead, but had to survive many final minutes as Cretin-Derham Hall’s potential rally fell short.

The victory sends the Skippers (11-1) into the Class AAAAAA championship game against Eden Prairie on Friday, Nov. 24. Eden Prairie recorded a 39-21 victory over Minnetonka in Week 7. 

After staring at a 17-point deficit, Cretin-Derham Hall (8-3) trimmed it to 17-14 with 8:04 remaining in regulation time when senior tight end Andrew Mooney caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Danny Callahan. 
Less than three minutes earlier, Cretin-Derham Hall scored its first touchdown on a 4-yard run by sophomore running back Tony Underwood. 

Junior quarterback Aaron Syverson threw two touchdown passes for the Skippers. He hooked up with junior wide receiver Jackson Owens on a 15-yard strike in the first quarter, and later, with senior wide receiver Eric Douville on a 55-yarder. Sandwiched in there was a 39-yard field goal by senior kicker Grant Altman. 

(Courtesy: MSHSL)

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