Cretin-Derham Hall showed their feline counterparts, the Eagan Wildcats, who was top dog. It took less than two minutes for the Raiders to get into the driver's seat to claim their 16th section championship in Class 5A, Section 5. Cretin defeated Eagan 35-13 on Friday night, handing the Wildcats their ninth loss of the season.
Cretin’s offense was relentless in the first quarter, led by junior quarterback Joe Springer. He found his favorite target Kimuel Royston, from 15 and 32 yards, for two of the Raiders' three touchdowns.
The Raiders mixed things up, using two quarterbacks. Sophomore John Nance hooked up with junior Broederick Binns for a nine yard touchdown reception to help Cretin gain a 14 point lead early in the first quarter.
Eagan's offense was no match for a tough, pouncing Raider defensive line. It appeared as if the Wildcats were scared to go to the air...and for good reason. When they finally, did the Raider secondary was there to keep Eagan off the scoreboard in the first half.
The ensuing drive from the Raiders took only one play. Springer once again went deep, this time hooking up with sophomore Michael Floyd for a 68 yard touchdown reception.
As if going into the break up 28-0 wasn’t enough, the only scoring in the third quarter was by the Raiders. It was Joe Springer again, this time finding junior Matt McQuillan for a seven yard touchdown reception. On the day Springer went 11-14, finishing with 176 yards and four touchdowns.
With the Raiders' comfortable lead and their back-ups in, Eagan was able to sneak two touchdowns in. The first in the fourth quarter was a 25 yard pass from Jake Salzl to Tony Johnson. The second came on a two yard run by senior back-up quarterback Bob Downey.
The Raiders will be back at home (University of St. Thomas) with their 8-2 record next Friday where they take on 7AAAAA Champions Anoka.