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Osseo turned out to be a tough hurdle to overcome in the second round of the playoffs.
Eden Prairie, leading 21 18, put together another drive and scored on Shaeffer's 7 yard run as the Eagles won by 10 points.
total offensive yards. The Eagles rushed for 285 yards.
Eden Prairie used its ball control offense to keep the hands out of Osseo's all state running back Bridge Tusler.
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"We are excited to get back to state," said Grant. "We beat Minnetonka 42 7 during the regular season, but it is a much better team now.
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But Tusler made things interesting by returning a punt 52 yards for a fourth quarter touchdown.
Eden Prairie is seeking its eighth state title under the leadership of head coach Mike Grant.
The Eagles improved their record to 8 2 by earning a 28 18 playoff victory over a pesky Osseo squad Nov. 2 on the Orioles' home field. This was a Class 6A cross over playoff game with a state tournament berth at stake. Friday, Nov. 9, at the Metrodome.
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Eden Prairie used offensive gadget plays plus a strong performance by a new fullback to keep its state football championship hopes alive.
"The offensive line blocked well and Bjorn ran great. He's a strong kid."
"It will be a typical, hard hitting Lake Conference game."
"Tusler is one of the best backs in the state and a great player," said Grant. "But I was proud of the way our defense limited Osseo to 108 yards rushing."
The Eagles used up 10 minutes in an 18 play drive while scoring a first quarter touchdown. Quarterback Grant Shaeffer connected with tight end Zach Hovey on an 11 yard scoring pass. Sam Mars kicked the extra point to give the Eagles a 7 0 lead entering the second quarter.
Halvorson had rushing support from several teammates. Shaeffer ran nine times for 54 yards and Tony Anderson gained 53 yards on eight rushes. Jacob Woodring chipped in with 38 yards on five carries.
"It is a great feeling to get back to state," said Cottrell. "Our games with Minnetonka are always hard fought ones.
Eden Prairie quarterback Grant Shaeffer sprints into the end zone while scoring on a 7 yard touchdown during the Eagles' 28 18 playoff victory over host Osseo Nov. 2. (Photo by Rich Moll Sports Shots Now)
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But Eden Prairie took advantage of its strong rushing offense capping a drive on a 12 yard touchdown run by Shaeffer for a 21 11 third quarter lead.
Eden Prairie was missing injured starting fullback Dan Fisher, out with a concussion. However, back up quarterback Bjorn Halvorson filled in impressively for Fisher rushing for 128 yards and one touchdown on 30 carries.
Osseo cut the deficit to 7 3 early in the second quarter on a 32 yard field goal.
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Eden Prairie senior linebacker Jack Cottrell has been one of the Eagles' defensive leaders and is looking forward to the state tournament challenge.
"We didn't know until Wednesday if Fisher would get clearance to play," said coach Grant. "We knew Halvorson was a really good athlete and decided to try him at fullback against Osseo.
"Our defense started out slowly this season but has been playing at a high level since then."
Osseo attempted and recovered an onside kick to open the second half. The Orioles later scored on a 1 yard run by Troy Kray. Tusler added a two point conversion run and suddenly Osseo trailed by only three points (14 11).
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