Football review: Obscure rule sinks Wildcats

Burnsville, Eastview also fall

Eagan running back T.J. Sands takes a handoff in last week’s game at Lakeville South. Photo by Rick Orndorf

Eagan running back T.J. Sands takes a handoff in last week’s game at Lakeville South. Photo by Rick Orndorf

Lakeville South took advantage of a little-known and seldom-implemented rule to score the winning points late in last Friday’s South Suburban Conference football game against Eagan.

With the score tied and Eagan forced to punt from deep in its own territory, South coach Larry Thompson ordered his team to fair catch the kick, which Mark Ruhl did at the Eagan 39-yard line.

Because South made a fair catch, it then had the option to take a free kick – essentially a field goal attempt from kickoff formation. Brendan Boche pounded it through from 49 yards with 1 minute, 1 second remaining and South went on to win 20-17. Eagan dropped to 1-2 overall.

Lakeville South defeated state power Wayzata the previous week, but the Wildcats battled the Cougars almost to a standoff. “Historically, the series has brought out the best in both teams,” Eagan coach Rick Sutton said.

After Lakeville South kicked a field goal in the first quarter to open the scoring, Eagan went ahead 7-3 on Sam Zenner’s 75-yard touchdown run.

South scored two touchdowns to move ahead by 10 points in the second quarter, but Josh Edelstein kicked a 32-yard field goal to make it 17-10 at halftime.

Zenner broke loose again in the fourth quarter, this time on a 53-yard run with 7:50 remaining, as Eagan tied the game 17-17. Zenner had 134 yards rushing on just seven carries, caught three passes for 27 yards and completed one pass for 4 yards.

Quarterback Ian Entzion completed nine of 19 passes for 47 yards and rushed for 21 yards.

Junior linebacker Hogan Marshall had a big night on defense with 12 tackles (including five solo), one tackle for loss, one interception and one fumble recovery.

The Wildcats will play host to Eastview at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20. Eastview is 1-2 after losing to Lakeville North 33-10 last week.

LV North 33, Eastview 10

Undefeated Lakeville North scored four touchdowns in the second half to overcome a three-point Eastview halftime lead.

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.

Eastview, 1-2, plays at Eagan at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20.

Edina 27, Burnsville 6

Burnsville’s Camden Traetow catches a pass in the Blaze’s 27-6 loss to Edina last week. Photo by Rick Orndorf

Burnsville’s Camden Traetow catches a pass in the Blaze’s 27-6 loss to Edina last week. Photo by Rick Orndorf

Burnsville goes to Bloomington Kennedy at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, looking for its first victory of the season. The Blaze dropped to 0-3 after losing to Edina in a non-conference game Sept. 12.

Burnsville had difficulty moving the ball in the first half against Edina – the Blaze’s two biggest gains were on Edina personal foul penalties – but was down just 14-0 at halftime. Edina, however, used the first 6:29 of the third quarter for a 69-yard touchdown drive that made it 21-0.

Will Reger threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Sam Guggemos on the first play of the fourth quarter for Burnsville’s points. Reger completed seven of 21 throws for 47 yards and also gained 33 yards rushing. Brett Shepley rushed for 37 yards.

The Blaze likely will find it easier to move the ball against Bloomington Kennedy (0-3), which allowed 61 points against Rosemount and 59 against Lakeville North the last two weeks.

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