For a brief moment after a 60-yard touchdown run by Eden Valley-Watkins' Matt Schindler in the third quarter, a scoreboard inside U.S. Bank stadium read: Maple River 7, Eden Valley-Watkins 397.
The typo was quickly corrected to 39-7, but at times it felt like the mistake could have been accurate.
The Eagles, with a quick-hitting attack that delivered four scoring plays over 50 yards, blew out Maple River 46-13 in the Class 2A semifinal.
"It was nice to be indoors in a good passing environment," Eden Valley-Watkins quarterback Reese Jansen said. "Last week it was 26 degrees, so we were happy to get here with nice weather."
The Eagles (11-1) outgained Maple River 512 yards to 191 and averaged nearly 12 yards per play.
Its big-play capability was on display early. On Eden Valley-Watkins' third play, Jensen completed a pass to Schindler for a 71-yard touchdown. On the team's next drive, Jensen to Schindler struck again on a 68-yard pass play.
Schindler's play-finishing speed helped him reel in 145 of Jensen's 377 passing yards. The senior quarterback tended to find his blazing receivers in stride, throwing for five touchdowns.
Maple River (10-3) scored after Jensen's first touchdown pass but didn't score again until the fourth quarter.
"We did not anticipate that kind of speed," Maple River coach Brian Schoneck said. "They got behind us and we did not have an answer for that."
Ellis L. Williams