MCA running back Jeff Ekiyor ran for 232 yards and two scores Wednesday as Providence Academy, ranked eighth in Class 4A, defeated Fridley 42-21 to cap an 8-0 regular season.
Fridley (6-2) took advantage of a short field in the first quarter to give Providence Academy its first deficit of the season. Shortly after the Lions fumbled away the opening kickoff, quarterback Kaleb Blaha found wide receiver Casey Fisher for a 27-yard touchdown. It was Fisher’s 10th touchdown of the season.
The Lions responded by scoring touchdowns on four of their next five possessions. Anderson scored on a 1-yard sneak and then found wide receiver Julian Cavin for a pair of touchdowns. The first was a 71-yard catch-and-run just before halftime, followed by an 18-yarder that put the Lions in front 28-14 midway through the third quarter.
Jaden Morton’s 60-yard interception return for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter put the Lions back up by two touchdowns. The team forced three turnovers, running its season total to 23.
The Lions’ defense had allowed just six points in the first seven games of the season and shut out its previous five opponents.