Minnetonka’s defense the difference vs. Woodbury in 6A playoff win

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In what appears to be the final game of the season due to forthcoming COVID-19 restrictions, Minnetonka went out on a winning note beating Woodbury, 7-3, on Tuesday night at Woodbury high school.

The Skippers capitalized on good field position in the second quarter after a good punt return. Moments later, it was 5-foot-6 running back Benjamin Tolkinen breaking free for a 23-yard touchdown. That gave Minnetonka a 7-0 lead.

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From there it was the Minnetonka defense that settled in. The Skippers forced three fumbles and an interception that kept Woodbury off balance and unable to put the ball into the end zone.

It was Andrew McCalla anchored the Skippers defense. Woodbury had a chance with a late interception by Joey Gerlach, who returned the ball to the Minnetonka 20-yard line with 3:30 to play in the fourth quarter. But Minnetonka stuffed Woodbury quarterback Donald West on fourth down.

From there, Minnetonka ran out the clock to seal the victory.