Football review: Lightning falls to North’s strong second half

Apple Valley drops to 0-3 after loss to Prior Lake

Eastview’s Amari Kennedy brings down Lakeville North running back Jamiah Newell. Photo by Rick Orndorf
Eastview’s Amari Kennedy brings down Lakeville North running back Jamiah Newell. Photo by Rick Orndorf

Undefeated Lakeville North scored four touchdowns in the second half on its way to a 33-10 victory over Eastview in South Suburban Conference football last Friday.

The Lightning took a 10-7 lead in the second quarter on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Mark Dwyer to Montrell Moore. Eastview’s Brian Tramonte recovered a muffed punt at the North 22-yard line, setting up the go-ahead score.

Sam Fluegge kicked a 31-yard field goal in the first quarter, giving the Lightning a 3-0 lead, but Eastview was shut out in the second half.

The Lightning played without their standout running back, junior Will Rains, who was on the sideline but not suited up. Tommy Hutsell, a junior, got most of the carries in Rains’ absence.

Lakeville North had the first possession of the second half and went 80 yards in 4 minutes, 26 seconds for the go-ahead touchdown. The next time North got the ball, it scored on one play – a 67-yard run by Jamiah Newell.

Eastview, 1-2, plays at Eagan at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20. Eagan lost 20-17 to Lakeville South last week when the Cougars took the unusual step of attempting a free kick after fair-catching a punt. The result was a 49-yard field goal with 1:01 remaining that proved to be the game-winning points.

Prior Lake 29, Apple Valley 6

The Eagles again couldn’t get their offense moving in a loss at Prior Lake, a South Suburban Conference co-champion in 2012. Apple Valley (0-3) has scored six points in each of its last two games.

Stopping the Lakers’ rushing attack also was a problem as Prior Lake gained 260 yards on the ground.

Prior Lake held a 26-0 lead at halftime. The Eagles got on the scoreboard in the third quarter on a 16-yard pass from Tommy Singer to Dennis Austin.

Matt Morse had two receptions for 73 yards for the Eagles. Jake Biehn also caught two passes. On defense, the Eagles’ Davis Anderson intercepted a pass.

Apple Valley will play at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at Lakeville South, which is 2-1 after defeating Eagan 20-17 last week.