With a spanking-new scoreboard on display, the Wayzata football team overcame a slow start Friday to defeat Eastview 24-7.
Muffed punts, botched snaps and stalled drives kept both teams out of the end zone in the opening half, but the Wayzata offense found its groove in the game's final 24 minutes. Trojans quarterback Reid Pettersen spread the ball around on screen passes and long bombs, making a strong case to become Wayzata's go-to signal-caller to replace Nick Martin, who graduated last spring.
Standout Wayzata receiver Jeff Borchardt put his impressive acceleration on display, but Pettersen failed to find him until the two developed a strong connection in the second half. In the fourth quarter, Pettersen completed several passes to Borchardt to set up a short Mitch Underhill touchdown run.
Wayzata coach Brad Anderson gave Borchardt a glowing review and was quick to admit that the receiver makes his job easier.
"The more times you give him the ball, the more he shows what he's got," Anderson said.
Anderson was equally impressed with Underhill, who missed last season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament. "It's great to have him. He worked hard to get all the way back," he said.
Underhill, a senior, was the only bright spot in the Trojans' first half, ripping through the Lightning defense for big gains. He finished with two 20-yard scampers and two scores. Tanner Bedard also rushed for two touchdowns.
Eastview tried advancing the ball through the air and pounding it out on the ground, but nothing seemed to work. The Lightning got some yardage in the game's final minutes, but Eastview struggled to pick up first downs throughout the game. Will Rains found the end zone to give Eastview its only points.