Mitch Underhill, a 15-year-old sophomore running back, led top-ranked Wayzata (11-0) to a 31-14 victory over No. 4 Rosemount (12-1) and the Trojans to their third state championship in the past six seasons. He carried 12 times for 247 yards and four touchdown runs of 45, 66, 58 and 58 yards — the last three coming in the third quarter of Friday’s game at the Metrodome.
Underhill's first score and a 24-yard Ruan Albuquerque field goal gave Wayzata a 10-7 edge at halftime.
Downing a punt inside Wayzata’s 1-yard line and forcing a punt put Rosemount 39 yards away from taking a third quarter lead. But the Trojans’ defense dug deep.
After allowing a first down, the defense forced the Irish to turn the ball over on downs. Then Wayzata’s offensive line and Underhill took control by turning a 3rd-and-1 run into a 66-yard touchdown and a 17-7 lead.