Eastview hex ends for Wildcats

21-10 victory ends 13-game losing streak against district rival

Eagan ended a long stretch of football frustration and futility against Eastview last Friday, scoring two touchdowns in the final quarter of a 21-10 home-field victory.

The victory broke a 13-game losing streak against Eastview dating to 2001. Eastview, which is 15-3 in the series, won the previous four meetings by a combined eight points, with one of those victories coming in overtime.

And the start of the second half of Friday’s game looked like it would be same-old, same-old for Eagan. The Wildcats, leading 7-0, took the second-half kickoff but quickly got trapped deep in their end of the field. Eastview blocked an Eagan punt out of the end zone for a safety, then a long kickoff return set up a 2-yard touchdown run by Will Rains for the go-ahead score. Rains also caught a pass for a two-point conversion, extending Eastview’s lead to 10-7.

Eagan settled down and responded in the fourth quarter with touchdown runs by Ian Entzion (5 yards) and T.J. Sands (1 yard). The Wildcats improved to 2-2 overall. Eastview (1-3) has lost three in a row after winning its season opener.

Eagan completed only two passes in the game but rushed for 270 yards. Three Wildcats – Sands, Sam Zenner and Entzion – gained more than 50 yards, with Zenner leading the team with 96 yards on 16 carries. Sands had 11 carries for 77 yards and two touchdowns. Sands scored on a 29-yard run in the first quarter.

Eastview’s Rains was back in the lineup after missing his team’s previous game against Lakeville North and gained 172 yards on 32 carries. Lightning quarterback Mark Dwyer completed nine of 20 passes for 111 yards with two interceptions.

Eagan linebacker Joe Kovach had eight unassisted tackles and six assists. Junior defensive back Bryndan Matthews intercepted two passes and made eight unassisted tackles. Linebacker Hogan Marshall recovered a fumble.

The Wildcats and Lightning both go on the road this week for South Suburban Conference games. Eagan plays at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at Rosemount, which is 3-1 (3-0 in the SSC) after beating Prior Lake 24-13 last week. Eastview will be at Bloomington Jefferson (2-2 overall, 2-1 SSC) on Friday.

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