For three-plus quarters, Minnetonka did everything a football team needs to do to win.

They put up points at ends of drives, kicking three field goals to go with a first-half touchdown.

They made big plays on defense, intercepting a pass before halftime and blocking a field goal attempt to start the fourth quarter.

Minnetonka, leading sixth-ranked Mounds View 16-7, was in position for their first win.

The Mustangs, though, had other plans.

Following a touchdown drive that cut the deficit to 16-14, Mounds View, starting at their own 4-yard line, 1:58 on the scoreboard, drove deep into Skipper territory. A short field goal with 22.1 seconds left gave the Mustangs a 17-16 loss.

Minnetonka, after back-to-back state tournament appearances, is 0-4 to start the 2019 season.

A 7-0 hole, a 58-yard pass from sophomore Tyler Lien to Jaxen Iverson had the Skippers in business. Following two rushes from Ben Tolkinen to get Minnetonka to the goal line, Lien dove ahead for the 1-yard score and the 7-7 game.

An Iverson interception -- the junior playing both ways for the Skippers -- set-up a Pierce Zabilla 43-yard field goal in the closing seconds of the first half for the 10-7 lead.

Zabilla's kicks of 41 and 25 yards in the second half gave Minnetonka the 16-7 lead. A long run from Lien and a catch from Jackson Guderian for 36 yards were key plays in the scoring drives.

Lien was 11-of-20 passing for 137 yards with Lien and Ben Tolkinen each rushing for 56 yards. Iverson hauled in eight catches for 88 yards.

Minnetonka held Mounds View to 66 rushing yards and 13-of-30 passing for 135 yards. Elliot Ische and Sandler Tollefson were tackle leaders with nine and eight, respectively.

Minnetonka hosts Shakopee for Homecoming on Friday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. The Sabers led No. 2 Eden Prairie 6-0 at halftime in week four, eventually losing 14-6 at TCO Performance Center in Eagan.

Shakopee is 1-3 overall, a week one win over winless Eagan.


Trailing by three points in the fourth quarter, Chanhassen twice took over possession in Hopkins territory, twice held without a score.

Hopkins improved to 3-1, a third one-score win, a 13-10 decision to defeat the Storm on its Homecoming Sept. 20.

Chanhassen has lost three games in a row and is 1-3 overall. It was the 100th varsity football game in program history (55-45).

The Storm's final two possessions started at the Hopkins 46 on a PJ Velazquez interception and a snap over the punter's head at the Hopkins 30.

Chanhassen lost despite outgaining Hopkins 290 to 197.

Quarterback Jack Schaefer accounted 210 yards of offense, completing seven passes for 108 yards with an interception. Charlie Coenen had four receptions for 68 yards.

Schaefer led the running attack with 102 yards on six carries

Chanhassen opened the scoring just four minutes into the contest, Ryan Maschka recovering a fumble, the Storm marching 31 yards for Jason Collins' first career touchdown on an 11-yard run. Collins had a career-high 21 rushes for 67 yards.

Eli Mau's 33-yard field goal with 5:39 left in the second quarter gave the Storm the lead again at 10-7.

Ricky Dixon's second score, from 11 yards out, gave Hopkins the lead for good at 13-10 with under two minutes left in the first half.

Dixon's 124 rushing yards offset a 5-for-11 passing night for 37 yards from Hopkins quarterback Noah Kim.

Hunter Schwimmer and Mau were credited with 11 and 10 tackles, respectively. Chris Ewing returned after a week three leg injury, adding a sack for the Storm, along with Mason Schwartz.

Chanhassen is at Waconia at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27. The Wildcats are 2-2 overall following a 14-7 loss to Orono.


Mitchel Jaskowiak rushed for three touchdowns, runs of 35, 16 and five, leading Glencoe-Silver Lake to a 37-0 home win over Holy Family Catholic Sept. 20.

The Fire, now 0-4 overall, were shutout for the second time in three weeks. Holy Family Catholic was held to a program-low 61 yards of offense on 33 plays.

Holy Family Catholic finished with just three first downs in the contest. Nick Hendler (25 yards), Nate Tinucci (16 yards) and Jakob Lenzmeier (10 yards) were offensive leaders.

Glencoe-Silver Lake did not attempt a pass on offense, totaling 267 rushing yards. Seth Thompson and Hendler were credited with double-digit tackle efforts with 13 and 10, respectively.

Holy Family Catholic is home against Litchfield at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27.


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