Cretin-Derham Hall handed the Ponies their first loss of the season on a windy, wet and cold Friday night at Pony Stadium.
The Raiders came into Pony Stadium on Homecoming night with a chip on their shoulder–after losing to Stillwater last year during Cretin-Derham Hall’s Homecoming–and beat the Ponies 32-14.
Cretin-Derham Hall (4-2) got off to a 19-0 first quarter lead and never looked back.
Senior Brooks Carroll scored both touchdowns for the Ponies.
Raiders running back D’mitri Walker ran for more than 170 yards and two touchdowns against the Ponies defense. Cretin-Derham Hall quarterback Max Jackson opened the scoring on a long touchdown run, and threw for another score.
The Ponies played without two of their top players, as running back Zach Knox and safety Stephen Wagner were sidelined with injuries.
“When you lose a runner like that, someone that has carried the ball for us 517 times over his career, it is tough,” Ponies Head Coach Beau LaBore told the Pioneer Press. “You’ve got to find a way. We were unable to do so.”
Wagner is a big loss for the Ponies defense, as well.
“It’s a monstrous loss for us,” LaBore told the Stillwater Gazette. “Finding a way to replace Stephen will be huge for us because that changes the way we call our defense and we have to be secure over the top.”
The Ponies (5-1) head to Woodbury on Friday and finish the regular season Wednesday, Oct. 15 against Mounds View (5-1) at Pony Stadium.
East Ridge (6-0) takes on Mounds View (5-1, 5-0) for the SEC championship on Friday night.
Here’s video of a stunt the Ponies faithful pulled off at half time:
Here’s a photo gallery from Friday night’s game (Photos by Joe Isaacs and Shawn Hogendorf):
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