North, Eastview, Farmington remain unbeaten
Rosemount made several big plays in its 17-14 victory at Lakeville South last Friday, but none bigger than blocking a field goal attempt with seven seconds remaining.
The block capped a wild fourth quarter that started with Rosemount leading 10-0 and seemingly in control, and ended with the Irish clinging to their lead.
Other noteworthy events from last week’s high school football games included defending state Class 6A champion Lakeville North winning its 15th consecutive game by shutting out Eagan. Eastview started a season 2-0 for the first time in more than a decade after defeating Burnsville. Farmington’s offense continued to put up big numbers in a home victory over Osseo. Apple Valley lost its second nail-biter in as many weeks, falling at home by one point against Bloomington Jefferson.
On to the highlights:
Lakeville South 14
Rosemount will be the next team to try to break Lakeville North’s winning streak when the Irish play the Panthers at 7 p.m. Friday in their home opener. They avoided an 0-2 start by blocking Lakeville South kicker John Olson’s field goal try in the final seconds of last week’s game at Lakeville South.
Rosemount never trailed, although Lakeville South caused some tense moments for the Irish in the fourth quarter.
Irish receiver Jonathan Mann, held to one reception in the season opener against Prior Lake, had four catches for 128 yards last week. That included a 67-yard touchdown pass from Trevor Armborst in the second quarter and a 40-yard catch on the drive that set up Rosemount’s second touchdown, a 3-yard run by Christian Graske.
Nathan Whiting kicked a 39-yard field goal in the second quarter.
Graske rushed for 127 yards on 30 carries. Armborst completed seven of 14 passes for 185 yards.
Irish safety Jake Ratzlaff had 10 solo tackles, six assists, and forced a fumble. He also caught a pass for 47 yards.
Lakeville South started its comeback with a 32-yard touchdown pass from Reid Patterson to Johnny Shabaz in the fourth quarter. A 1-yard touchdown run by Patterson later in the fourth cut Rosemount’s lead to three points.
Patterson completed 12 of 21 passes for 193 yards and also led the Cougars in rushing with 83 yards on 12 carries. Shabaz had four catches for 77 yards. George Brekke and Will Geary caught three passes each.
South linebacker Nick Austin had 10 tackles, five unassisted. Geary made six unassisted stops.
Lakeville South (1-1) will play at Burnsville (0-2) at 7 p.m. Friday.
Lakeville North 56
The Panthers scored their eight touchdowns in a variety of ways. Four were on running plays, two were passes, one was a punt return and another was an interception return.
Senior RaJa Nelson, again starting at quarterback, rushed for 67 yards and completed five of nine passes for 106 yards. Nelson ran for a 1-yard score in the first half and threw touchdown passes to Keaton Mohs of 45 and 22 yards.
Mohs had a three-touchdown night, including a 51-yard punt return early in the third quarter.
Brady Redenbaugh, Cody Hastings and Jackson Hanson also had rushing touchdowns, with Hanson breaking loose for a 60-yard score in the fourth quarter.
The Lakeville North defense shut out Eagan and added six points to the Panthers’ total with a 22-yard interception return by lineman Ryan Dolejs.
Lakeville North (2-0) plays at Rosemount at 7 p.m. Friday. Eagan, which has been shut out in both of its games this season, looks to turn things around Friday at home against undefeated and high-scoring Farmington.
Eastview’s last four appearances in the state football playoffs were in 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2018. One thing the Lightning didn’t do in any of those season was win their first two regular-season games.
After defeating Burnsville at home last Friday, Eastview is 2-0 for the first time since 2007. The Lightning went on to finish 11-2 and reach the state semifinals that season.
The 2007 team also won its third game of the season, a feat this year’s squad will try to duplicate when it plays at East Ridge at 7 p.m. Friday. Eastview and East Ridge also met in the second round of the 2018 Class 6A playoffs, with the Lightning winning 27-17.
Eastview quarterback Max Sherwin threw three touchdown passes, two to Angelo Paulucci, in last week’s victory over Burnsville. The two throws to Paulucci, covering 39 and 14 yards, made it 13-0 in the first quarter.
D.J. Barber, who caught a last-second touchdown pass in the Lightning’s Week 1 victory over Minnetonka, had a 58-yard touchdown catch against the Blaze.
Senior running back Quintcy Suggs added touchdown runs of 29 and 13 yards.
Burnsville running back Nathan Le caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Tompkins for a third-quarter touchdown that made it 21-6. The Blaze (0-2) go after their first victory of 2019 when they play Lakeville South in their home opener at 7 p.m. Friday.
If there’s a solution for slowing the Farmington offense, neither Stillwater nor Osseo found it.
The Tigers’ offense put on another show in their home opener last Friday, gaining 493 yards in routing Osseo. The game was all but over by halftime, with the Tigers leading 27-0.
Farmington quarterback Alex Berreth passed for 245 yards and two touchdowns, and also rushed for two scores. Zac Janz rushed for 141 yards on 22 carries.
Carter Hendrickson caught four passes for 111 yards and Eli Green had six catches for 79 yards. Each had a touchdown reception.
Tiger players of the week, as selected by head coach Adam Fischer, were Janz (offense), Brett Sether (defense), Green (special teams) and Logan Lukasezck (scout team).
In 2018 Farmington defeated Eagan at TCO Stadium for its only victory in a 1-8 season. Friday the Tigers will try to go 3-0 for the first time since 2013 when they travel to Eagan for a 7 p.m. kickoff. Eagan is 0-2 after a 56-0 loss to defending state Class 6A champion Lakeville North and has yet to score a point this season.
Bloomington Jefferson 25
Apple Valley 24 (OT)
Leaving an Apple Valley football game early is a questionable decision.
Both of the Eagles’ first two games weren’t decided until the final moments. In fact, the outcome of last Friday’s game against Jefferson was in question literally to the final play. Unfortunately for the Eagles, it was a do-or-die two-point conversion by Jefferson in overtime that dropped their record to 0-2.
Trailing 24-17 after Apple Valley scored on its first overtime possession, Jefferson pulled within a point on a 4-yard touchdown pass. The Jaguars then went for the victory, and Roosevelt Cage ran it in for a two-point conversion.
Bloomington Jefferson overcame a big night by Apple Valley running back/linebacker Tony Anger. He rushed for 256 yards on 33 carries, scoring two touchdowns and adding a two-point conversion. On defense, Anger made 10 tackles, nine unassisted.
Eagles senior Bilhal Kone scored his team’s first touchdown on a 10-yard run less than three minutes into the game. He also sent the game to overtime with a 39-yard field goal in the final minute of the fourth quarter that tied it at 17-17.
Defensive back Elias Regenscheid had eight tackles (seven unassisted) for the Eagles, who will play at Park of Cottage Grove at 7 p.m. Friday.