High school football: Anoka runs Eagan’s losing streak to 25

  • Anoka running back Ethan Kelley (13) takes off for a 71 yard touchdown run against Eagan in the fourth quarter of a Minnesota High School football game at Eagan High School in Eagan on Thursday, Oct 15, 2020. Anoka beat Eagan, 52-19. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)

  • Eagan quarterback Alex Lachenmeyer (16) is tackled by Anoka defender (Austin Klein (47) in the fourth quarter of a Minnesota High School football game at Eagan High School in Eagan on Thursday, Oct 15, 2020. Anoka beat Eagan, 52-19. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)

  • Anoka defender Levi Yeebahn (11) brings down Eagan running back Stephon Boodoo (14) in the third quarter of a Minnesota High School football game at Eagan High School in Eagan on Thursday, Oct 15, 2020. Anoka beat Eagan, 52-19. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)

  • Anoka defender Levi YeeBahn blocks a extra point attempt by Eagan kicker Alex Rodman (48) in the second quarter of a Minnesota High School football game at Eagan High School in Eagan on Thursday, Oct 15, 2020. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)

  • Eagan receiver Max Robinson (15) spins away from Anoka defender Brennan Brockel (4) and into the end zone in the second quarter of a Minnesota High School football game at Eagan High School in Eagan on Thursday, Oct 15, 2020. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)

  • Anoka defender David Ayeni (7) tackles Eaganb quarterback Alex Lachenmeyer (16) for a loss of yards in the second quarter of a Minnesota High School football game at Eagan High School in Eagan on Thursday, Oct 15, 2020. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)

  • Anoka receiver Keenan Rodriguez (14) pulls down a long pass for a touchdown against Eagan defender Derek Dorsey (20) in the second quarter of a Minnesota High School football game at Eagan High School in Eagan on Thursday, Oct 15, 2020. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)

  • Eagan receiver Max Robinson (15) catches a touchdown against Anoka in the first quarter of a Minnesota High School football game at Eagan High School in Eagan on Thursday, Oct 15, 2020. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)

  • The Eagan Wildcats block a punt attempt by Anoka punter Carson Cyr (41) in the first quarter of a Minnesota High School football game at Eagan High School in Eagan on Thursday, Oct 15, 2020. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)

  • Eagan defender Derek Dorsey (20) makes an open field tackle on Anoka receiver Tommy Barrett (10) in the first quarter of a Minnesota High School football game at Eagan High School in Eagan on Thursday, Oct 15, 2020. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)

  • Anoka receiver Keenan Rodriquez (14) celebrates his second touchdown against Eagan in the second quarter of a Minnesota High School football game at Eagan High School in Eagan on Thursday, Oct 15, 2020. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)

  • Eagan defender Nathaniel Birhane (7) tackles Anoka running back Ethan Kelley (13) for a loss in the first quarter of a Minnesota High School football game at Eagan High School in Eagan on Thursday, Oct 15, 2020. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)

  • Anoka running back Dylan Schmidt (8) celebrates his 42 yard touchdown catch against Eagan with teammate Troy Wahlberg (2) in the fourth quarter of a Minnesota High School football game at Eagan High School in Eagan on Thursday, Oct 15, 2020. Anoka beat Eagan, 52-19. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)

  • Eagan quarterback Alex Lachemeyer (16) is tackled for a loss by Anoka defender Lance Lewis (40) in the fourth quarter of a Minnesota High School football game at Eagan High School in Eagan on Thursday, Oct 15, 2020. Anoka beat Eagan, 52-19. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)

  • Anoka quarterback Jacob Duetschmnan (16) is hit as he releases the ball by Eagan defender Owen Mcloone (17) in the second quarter of a Minnesota High School football game at Eagan High School in Eagan on Thursday, Oct 15, 2020. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)

  • Anoka head coach Bo Wasurick and the Tornados raise their helmet to the Eagan Wildcats after beating them 52-19 in a Minnesota High School football game at Eagan High School in Eagan on Thursday, Oct 15, 2020. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)

  • Eagan Wildcat cheerleaders entertain the crowd before the start of the first quarter of a Minnesota High School football game against Anoka at Eagan High School in Eagan on Thursday, Oct 15, 2020. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)

Saying it’s been a rough few years for the Eagan football program might be kind.

Entering Thursday night, the players and coaches thought they had a realistic chance to finally do something elusive.

But, again, they could not celebrate.

Jacob Deutschman threw four touchdown passes and Anoka ruined the first game in a renovated Wildcat Stadium with a 52-19 win.

Dylan Schmidt caught two scoring passes and ran for one, and Keenan Rodriguez had two touchdown receptions for the Tornadoes (1-1), who were beaten 36-7 by Osseo a week ago.

Anoka has three wins since the start of 2017 — two against Eagan.

Playing on a new turf field and with a bright video board, the Wildcats (0-2) got two receiving touchdowns from Max Robinson and a 58-yard touchdown run by Stephen Boodoo but lost their 25th straight game. Fernando Chavez ran for 88 yards.

Eagan has come up short in 17 straight home games, although one was technically played at the Minnesota Vikings’ TCO Stadium.

Second-year coach Nick Johnson said he was direct with the team afterward.

“We made too many mistakes on all the sides. We’re not in a position where we can make mistakes,” he said. “We’ll watch the film, and I’m sure there’s some good things that we haven’t seen yet, but the bad things we just got to learn from so we can get better.”

It looked good early as the Wildcat defense limited Anoka to one first down in its first three drives, and Robinson’s 22-yard touchdown reception from Alex Lachenmeyer — after a Josh Cifuentes punt block — had the Wildcats up 6-0 after the opening quarter and the limited crowd wearing blue and green was making noise.

That excitement quickly subsided when Anoka scored three touchdowns in less than 4 minutes to start the second quarter.

Deutschman lofted a perfect 36-yard pass to Rodriguez, and Eagan countered by going three-and-out and Anoka blocked the punt.

Deutschman and Rodriquez connected again for a 23-yard touchdown and a 14-6 lead.

The Wildcats then fumbled at their own 25, and two plays later Tommy Barrett had a 17-yard touchdown reception.

“I think we just had a little doubt from last week still in our system, and we were able to filter that out and start off with a nice touchdown from Keenan and go from there,” said Schmidt, who caught a 20-yard touchdown pass late in the quarter for a 27-12 halftime lead.

He added a 1-yard run and a 51-yard touchdown reception in the second half. Ethan Kelley had a 73-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter and Carson Cyr added a 35-yard field goal. The Tornadoes did not punt in the final three quarters after punting three times in the first quarter.

“Very good team win,” said Schmidt, who finished with 98 rushing yards.

Eagan, which lost 68-13 in week one at Farmington, lost two fumbles, fumbled four or five exchanges, and saw its defense spend too much time on the field against a team that hustles to the line, preventing defensive substitutions.

Boodoo flashed his speed on his late touchdown run for some late positivity.

“It’s good for them to feel like they can do it, but at the end of the day you got to tackle, you got to make the right reads,” Johnson said.

For Eagan, 1-37 in the past four-plus seasons, it’s an all-too-familiar refrain of having to regroup after a sizable loss.

“We told them that we have too many athletes out here to not get better. We have to put in the time to get better and we have to find a way to learn,” Johnson said. “… We have these athletes, but you’ve got to be able to see it and learn from it, learn from your mistakes and get better.”


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