Chanhassen upends New Prague on Senior Night 15 Oct 11

NEW PRAGUE – One thing that has haunted New Prague football team all season was turnovers and the offenses inability to convert in the red zone and both of those would be huge factors in New Prague 22-8 loss to Chanhassen on Senior Night. Also for the second week in a row New Prague would lose after leading at the half of a Missota Conference game.

The game would start with Chanhassen going 70-yards highlighted by a 41-yard run by senior Mike Cerjance to get the Storm into the New Prague red zone. Chanhassen would face a 4th-and-goal from the 4 when they went play-action pass from quarterback Ryan McGuire to Tyler Rust to get the first score of the game. The Storm would make the extra point thanks to Eric Bigaouette to make the score 7-0, Chanhassen with 8:14 left in the first quarter. The next drive for each team would see both teams get a first down, but get stopped before crossing the 50.

New Prague would start their second drive of the game at their own 17 yard-line and would get the ball down the field thanks to a 51-yard run Nathan Preston that got the ball in the Storm red zone. The Trojans would get the touchdown on 3rd-and-goal from the 3 after quarterback Kyle Stepka would option the ball to the left and take it in after the defense bit on the fake handoff to Nathan Preston. New Prague would then opt to go for two and would run the same play this time to the right to get the two-point conversion and take an 8-7 lead with 11:10 left in the second quarter. New Prague would have one more drive where they would get the ball to the Chanhassen 18 yard-line, but time would expire in the half before they would have a chance to score.

The second half saw New Prague get the ball first and break out a trick play on 4th down having backup quarterback Jason Kazlauskas throw the ball to Chris Hanson on a 51-yard play to put New Prague into the Storm red zone once again. This time New Prague would turn the ball over after quarterback Kyle Stepka would try to take the ball out the stomach of Nathan Preston and the Chanhassen defense came in and knocked the ball out and recovered the fumble. The Storm would go three-and-out which set up New Prague at the Chanhassen 36 yard-line. Just like the previous drive though New Prague would turn the ball over this time when Kyle Stepka would be hit blindside by Nathan Holasek on an option play to the right and once again Chanhassen would fall on the ball.

Chanhassen would start on their own 15-yard-line and take 11-plays to get down the field. The big play in the drive was a 34-yard run by running back Maverick Edmunds and a 32-yard reception by Cole Otto that got the ball to the New Prague 5-yard-line. Chanhassen would punch the ball in with a quarterback dive by Ryan McGuire to put the Storm back in the lead. Chanhassen would convert on the two-point play with a play-action pass from McGuire to Nathan Holasek to make the score 15-8, Chanhassen with 11:21 left to go in the fourth quarter.

New Prague would answer with a drive that would start at their 35-yard-line and get to the Chanhassen 15-yard-line before on a 4th-and-6 when New Prague tried an end around to wide receiver Luke Tietz would get tackled for a 7-yard loss and turn the ball over on downs with just 3:42 left to go in the fourth quarter.

Chanhassen would get one first down on the next drive, but would be forced to punt with 2:15 left to go, but on the punt New Prague returner Dakota Cole would muff the ball as it skipped by him and would be recovered by Chanhassen at the New Prague 7-yard-line. Maverick Edmunds two plays later would get into the end zone on a 5-yard run and with the extra point would make the score 22-8, Chanhassen.

For the second week in a row New Prague would be led by Nathan Preston rushing this week with 149 yards on 25 carries. Kyle Stepka threw the ball well going 8-14 for 62 yards. Chanhassen was led by Maverick Edmunds with 104 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown.

Chanhassen improves to 3-3 in the Missota and 3-4 overall on the season and will travel to Red Wing on Wednesday. New Prague falls to 1-5 in the Missota and 1-6 overall and will travel to Farmington on Wednesday.

By: Adam Bartels