Panthers’ defense continues to baffle opponents

North 4-0 after homecoming shutout of Jefferson

The Lakeville North defense converges on a Bloomington Jefferson ball carrier during the Panthers' homecoming victory last week. Photo by Rick Orndorf

The Lakeville North defense converges on a Bloomington Jefferson ball carrier during the Panthers’ homecoming victory last week. Photo by Rick Orndorf

Lakeville North’s defense continued to dominate opponents in a 34-0 victory over Bloomington Jefferson last Friday in the Panthers’ homecoming football game.

It was the third shutout in four games for the unbeaten (4-0) Panthers, who will play at Prior Lake at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, in a duel between the 2012 South Suburban Conference co-champions.

North has not allowed a point in 14 of the 16 quarters it has played this season. Eastview scored 10 points in the first half of a Sept. 13 game that Lakeville North went on to win 33-10.

Senior running back Jamiah Newell put the Panthers up early against Jefferson, scoring on a 39-yard run in the first quarter and a 2-yard run early in the second quarter. He finished with 191 yards on 17 carries.

Quarterback Drew Stewart’s 61-yard touchdown run pushed North’s lead to 21-0 by halftime. In the second half, Conner Flack caught touchdown passes of 12 yards from Stewart and 29 yards from Matthew Schiefelbein.

Jefferson went into the game 2-1 overall and undefeated in the South Suburban at 2-0. Now, Lakeville North (4-0) and Rosemount (3-0) are the only two teams that are undefeated in league play. North will play at Rosemount in the regular-season finale on Oct. 16.

Prior Lake is 2-2 overall. The Lakers lost to defending state Class 6A champion Eden Prairie in the second week of the season and last week fell at home to Rosemount 24-13.

The Panthers and Lakers met twice last season, once in the regular season and once in the playoffs. Prior Lake won the regular-season game 10-6 but North got revenge in the Class 6A quarterfinals with a 23-3 victory.

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