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Football: Sabers run over Wingers

SHAKOPEE – There are no secrets when it comes to Shakopee High School football. The Sabers like to line up in the single wing, snap the ball, weave some bodies around, and pound their opponents into confusion.

And, once again, it worked like a charm in a 49-20 win over Red Wing Friday night.

“That’s what they do,” said Red Wing coach Matt Schultz. “They’ve been doing that for six years, running the single wing. And it’s an effective offense for the Missota Conference. They struggle a little in the section playoffs, but when you get so many seniors out, if you’re not bigger and stronger than them, it’s hard to stop. I mean, Minnetonka struggled to stop them last week.”

The Sabers built a 28-0 halftime lead against the Wingers, but three of those drives were capped off with scoring passes, not rushes. But the drives were mostly runs as Shakopee chewed up the grass with 258 yards rushing in the first 24 minutes, and 402 for the game.

“It’s tough to know who has the ball, and there are a lot of guards and tackles coming at you,” Schultz said.

After the break, Red Wing went away from the run game, instead turning to Isaac Toivonen and the air attack.

“They left their starters in, trying to score and keep us from scoring, so we went empty and starting throwing,” Schultz said.

Toivonen finished 18 of 20 for 248 yards and two touchdowns, the last of which went to brother Travis. Ben Miller also caught a touchdown from Isaac, and Travis caught a second from Tait Kelly.

The Wingers (0-2 overall, 0-1 Missota) host Farmington (2-0, 1-0) next Friday in the home opener.

“We kind of won the second half, and that was ones against ones. And now we need to focus on being better and playing as well as we can heading into Farmington,” Schultz said. “If they’re not quitting in this game, they’re not going to quit.”

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