The Eden Prairie Eagles may have played their best half of football in the first half of the Class 6A section finals game against Woodbury Friday night at Aerie Stadium.
After spotting the Royals a touchdown in the game’s opening series, the Eagles rolled with 35 unanswered points en route to a 35-6 lead at the half.
The Eagles scored three more touchdowns in the second half to capture the section title in a 55-14 rout.
Senior running back Tyler Walden scored a pair of first-half touchdowns. Devin Jordan, Dominic Heim and Nick Fazi added three more scores before the intermission.
The Eagles posted three scores in the second half. Junior David Ivey relieved Fazi at quarterback and found the end zone on a 3-yard run.
Senior Nicholas Quirin added another from close range, and with just 11 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, sophomore running back Elijah Rumph broke loose for a 73-yard touchdown, crossing the goal line as time expired.
The Eagles defense held Woodbury to just 25 yards rushing in the first half. Led by senior Chidi Obiazor and junior Dominic Heim, the Eagles gave Royals quarterback George Bjellos no room to move and no time to throw.
With the win, the Eagles will face rival Shakopee in the State quarterfinals on a neutral site at Park Center High School on Thursday.
Check back in with eplocalnews.org for complete coverage of the Class 6A section finals. EPLN will soon post an in-depth game story of Woodbury vs. Eden Prairie.
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