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Lourdes Defense Dominates Way to Football Semifinals

November 10, 2018 09:36 PM

(ABC 6 News) – The Lourdes Eagles football team faced maybe the most potent and explosive offense of the 2018 season on Saturday—the Eagles did anything but shy away from the challenge.

Lourdes defeated Jordan, 24-0, in Saturday’s Class AAA state quarterfinals at Hopkins High School in Minnetonka.

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On the opening possession of the game, the Hubmen drove down inside the Eagles’ redzone. Jordan quarterback Bryce Sievers nearly scored a touchdown on the drive, but the possession ended after Eagles senior Jake Groteboer forced a fumble inside their own 1-yard line before Jimmy Fritzjunker recovered the fumble in the endzone.

That turnover was the first of five Hubmen turnovers, as Eagles senior Trey Billmeier and Pat Leary both tallied two interceptions. For a second-straight playoff game and fourth overall game this year, the Eagles defense pitched a shutout—they held off a Jordan offense which (entering Saturday) averaged 43.8 points per game.

“I'm just so proud of them,” Lourdes head coach Mike Kesler said after the game. “Explosive offense, conditions didn't help them today, but we'll take it. To keep that offense at zero is a huge accomplishment for our team, and I'm just really proud of these guys.”

Offensively, quarterback Matthew Hayford, fullback Groteboer, and running back Zach Jungels scored rushing touchdowns, while kicker Ben Limburg added a 35-yard field goal.

The Eagles will play Pierz in the Class AAA state semifinals next Saturday at US Bank Stadium. Pierz (2017, 2015) and Lourdes (2016, 2014) have won each of the past four Class AAA state championships.

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Sean Tehan

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