Road might beckon Blaze, Wildcats in playoffs

Losses last week hurt chances for home postseason games

Burnsville receiver Charlie Fredericks tries to outrun a Lakeville North defender after catching a pass during the Blaze’s 41-7 loss last week. Photo by Rick Orndorf

Burnsville receiver Charlie Fredericks tries to outrun a Lakeville North defender after catching a pass during the Blaze’s 41-7 loss last week. Photo by Rick Orndorf

Burnsville’s and Eagan’s chances of hosting first-round games in the section football playoffs suffered a blow when both teams lost last week.

The Blaze fell 41-7 at Lakeville North on Friday, ending Burnsville’s winning streak at two games. Bloomington Jefferson dampened the celebratory mood at Eagan’s homecoming game with a 14-7 victory.

Burnsville and Eagan both are 2-4, and it’s looking like it will take at least a 4-4 regular-season record to be at home for the Class 6A, Section 3 quarterfinals Oct. 25.

Quarterback Will Reger put Burnsville in front less than three minutes into its game against Lakeville North with a 1-yard touchdown run. But Lakeville North, 5-1 overall and still in contention in the South Suburban Conference, took over from there, scoring six touchdowns without an answer from the Blaze. One of North’s scores was on a fake field goal; another came from the Panthers’ defense on a 50-yard fumble return.

Burnsville had little success running the ball, gaining just 17 yards on 27 carries. Reger completed 11 of 23 passes for 168 yards. Charlie Fredericks had three catches for 78 yards, while Camden Traetow caught four passes for 49 yards.

Junior linebacker Brady Letson was credited with 13 tackles, including 10 solo. Jaron Holt had an interception and John Dahl forced a fumble.

Bloomington Jefferson took the lead on a third-quarter touchdown pass and held it the rest of the way in the Wildcats’ homecoming game.

Eagan took the lead in the second quarter on Sam Zenner’s 5-yard touchdown run. Zenner led the Wildcats in rushing with 63 yards on nine carries. T.J. Sands (58 yards) and quarterback Ian Entzion (41 yards) also were effective carrying the ball for Eagan.

Entzion completed 11 of 21 passes for 73 yards. Scott Danielson led Eagan’s receivers with five catches for 42 yards.

Defensive lineman Ben Castor was involved in 10 tackles for the Wildcats. Linebacker Joe Kovach had nine tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss.

Burnsville plays at Apple Valley (1-5) at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, before closing the regular season at home against Prior Lake (4-2) on Oct. 16.

Eagan is home against Lakeville North on Oct. 11 and will play at Apple Valley on Oct. 16. At the Oct. 11 game the football program will collect donations for the “Tackle Cancer” project operated by the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund.

The cancer research fundraiser takes on personal meaning at Eagan, where junior offensive lineman Brandon Carl has returned to the field after being diagnosed with and treated for testicular cancer earlier this year.

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