Rosemount, Farmington win their games
Lakeville North continued its dominant run through Class 6A football with a 45-3 victory at Eastview last Friday, extending the Panthers’ winning streak to 18 games.
RaJa Nelson rushed for two touchdowns and passed for two as the No. 1-ranked Panthers improved to 5-0. Eastview is 2-3 after losing its homecoming game.
Through five weeks, North has outscored opponents 200-32 and won all five of its games by at least 17 points. The Panthers have not allowed a touchdown in the first half of any game and only four in the second half, all of which came with the outcome already decided.
Eastview became the third team in five weeks to not reach the end zone against Lakeville North. The Lightning’s points came on a 21-yard field goal by Andrew Titcombe in the second quarter.
That made it 17-3 Lakeville North, but the Lightning’s comeback hopes were quickly dashed when Nelson took off on a 68-yard touchdown run before halftime. The North quarterback also scored on a 1-yard run in the third.
Nelson completed five of six passes for 145 yards, with each completion going for 11 yards or more. Senior receiver Keaton Mohs caught two passes, both for touchdowns. He had a 61-yard catch in the first quarter and a 13-yard score in the third.
Landon Carter, one of the Lakeville North defense’s anchors at end, even got in on the offense, catching a 29-yard pass.
Panthers junior Logan Freeburg gained 161 yards on 23 carries and scored on a 7-yard run in the second quarter. Nelson gained 93 yards on the ground.
Preston Fisk kicked a 21-yard field goal in the first quarter, giving North a 3-0 lead. Drew Russeth scored the Panthers’ final points, returning an interception 32 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown.
Nick Wypy and Carter Patterson led the North defense with nine tackles each. Vinnie Zuehlsdorff had eight tackles and Ryan Mudgett made seven.
Lakeville North will play host to Lakeville South in the community rivalry game at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4. The Panthers have won the last 10 games against the Cougars, including 28-3 in the 2018 regular season and 35-13 in last year’s Class 6A semifinals. Lakeville South is 4-1 after a 35-17 victory over Prior Lake last Friday.
Eastview will try to end a three-game losing streak when it plays at Farmington (4-1) on Friday.
Farmington 34, Burnsville 12
The Tigers broke open a close game with 27 second-half points. Farmington improved to 4-1 overall, while Burnsville fell to 0-5.
Trailing 6-0 after the first quarter, Farmington took the lead on Luke Peterson’s 20-yard fumble return and Nick LaKose’s conversion. The play helped earn Peterson the Tigers’ defensive player of the week award.
Carter Hendrickson, Farmington’s special teams player of the week, got that award largely because of a 71-yard punt return in the third quarter that extended the Tigers’ lead to 13-6.
The Tigers’ Eli Green caught touchdown passes of 31 and 22 yards, and Zac Janz got his team’s final score on a 33-yard run.
Farmington quarterback Alex Berreth completed 13 of 16 passes for 133 yards and two scores. Green had eight catches for 94 yards and Janz gained 121 yards on 16 rushes. Connor Soppeland carried three times for 36 yards.
Burnsville sophomore Colton Gregersen scored on a 9-yard run in the first quarter, giving the Blaze the lead in a game for the first time this season. But the Blaze didn’t get on the board again until the fourth quarter, when Lucas Volk scored on a 2-yard run.
Volk led the Blaze in rushing with 66 yards on 14 carries. Quarterback Jordan Tompkins completed four of 11 passes for 60 yards.
Burnsville plays at Eagan at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in a game between teams looking for their first victory of 2019. Farmington continues its push for a high playoff seed when it plays host to Eastview at 7 p.m. Friday.
Rosemount 42, Eagan 0
Rosemount started slowly but scored four touchdowns in the third quarter to dispatch Eagan in a Metro South district game last Friday. The Irish (3-2) won their second game in a row and moved above .500 for the first time this season.
Eagan (0-5) was able to keep Rosemount from doing a lot of damage on the ground, holding the Irish to 90 yards on 31 carries. The passing game was a different story. Rosemount quarterback Trevor Armborst’s 10 completions went for 262 yards and three touchdowns.
Senior receiver Jonathan Mann had four catches for 120 yards, including a 57-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Armborst also threw to Cadin Rudoll for a 25-yard score and Mason McDonald for a 61-yard touchdown.
Running back Christian Graske gained 64 yards and scored twice. Terrance Campbell scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter.
The Irish are going outside the Metro South district for their homecoming opponent Friday, Oct. 4. But that team, Champlin Park, is no pushover. The Rebels are 4-1 following a 45-8 victory over Anoka last week. Their only loss was by one point to Centennial in Week 3.
Eagan also plays its homecoming game this week, taking on Burnsville at 7 p.m. Friday. The Blaze are 0-5 following a 34-12 loss to Farmington last week.
It’s the first varsity game between Eagan and Burnsville since 2016, when the Blaze won 35-0.
Chaska 21, Apple Valley 0
Miscues, including two lost fumbles in the second quarter, cost Apple Valley a chance to upset Chaska last Friday at TCO Stadium. The Eagles agreed to move their game to the Minnesota Vikings facility in Eagan as part of the Vikings’ showcase series of high school games.
Chaska’s Stevo Klotz had rushing touchdowns in each of the first three quarters.
Apple Valley (1-4) was held to 108 yards but had opportunities to stay in the game. Chaska’s first touchdown as made possible when the Hawks converted for a first down on third and 22. Klotz’s second score was set up by a fumble recovery.
Tony Anger gained 54 yards rushing and Connor Elliot had 24 for Apple Valley. Anger also led the Eagles defense with 10 tackles, eight unassisted. Elliot made seven tackles, and Bilhal Kone had five tackles and an interception.
Apple Valley plays host to Henry Sibley at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in the Eagles’ final regular-season home game. The Eagles still have a chance for a first-round bye in the section playoffs but probably will have to beat Sibley, Mahtomedi and Hastings to close the regular season. The Mahtomedi and Hastings games will be on the road.
Henry Sibley is 0-5 after losing to Simley 56-14 last week, marking the second time this season the Warriors have allowed more than 50 points.