Victory over Cretin earns Mustangs home playoff game

It’s not often that the Mounds View High School football team fails to play at least one playoff game on its home field each season. That happened to the Mustangs last year and they faced a tough road to prevent it from occurring again this season.

Heading into its final regular-season game last week, Mounds View needed a victory to give itself a chance at hosting in the first round of the post-season. The Mustangs had to come up with that victory against Cretin-Derham Hall.

Mounds View went into the University of St. Thomas’ O’Shaughnessy Stadium on Oct. 19 and held the Raiders scoreless in the second half en route to a 21-7 win. The following day, the coaches in Section 4-6A voted the Mustangs as the No. 3 seed, which means they get to stay home for the first round of the post-season.

Only twice in the past 15 years has Mounds View had a season in which it didn’t play at least one home playoff game. The most recent was last year, when the Mustangs lost at Edina in the first round. The other was in 2013, when they won at White Bear Lake in the first round and lost at Rosemount in the second.

Paying a visit on Friday night for the Class 6A playoffs is Osseo, the defending state champion and the sixth seed out of Section 5-6A. The Orioles (2-6) were seeded higher than only Forest Lake and Coon Rapids, which have a combined record of 1-15 this season.

The Mounds View-Osseo winner advances to the second round on Nov. 4 against either Lakeville North (7-1) or Shakopee (1-7). 

In the season finale against Cretin-Derham Hall, Mounds View trailed 7-0 at halftime but controlled play after the break. The Mustangs kept the Raiders from adding anymore points while scoring three touchdowns of their own.

Mounds View got on the board five minutes into the third quarter on a three-yard touchdown run by junior fullback Alex Reilling. Reilling also scored both of the Mustangs’ touchdowns in the third quarter on runs of one and 16 yards. Reilling finished the game with 101 yards on 24 carries.

Defensively, Mounds View limited the Raiders to 197 yards of total offense.

The victory improved Mounds View’s record against Cretin-Derham Hall to 4-3 in the last seven meetings between the two teams. Prior to the Mustangs’ state-tournament win in 2010, they had never beaten the Raiders in football.

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

 

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