Rosemount heading full-steam toward showdown

Farmington drops 2nd consecutive game

Rosemount defenders swarm Eagan's Sam Zenner in a recent South Suburban Conference game. The Irish lead the conference with two regular-season games remaining. Photo by Rick Orndorf

Rosemount defenders swarm Eagan’s Sam Zenner in a recent South Suburban Conference game. The Irish lead the conference with two regular-season games remaining. Photo by Rick Orndorf

This much we know: The Rosemount-Lakeville North football game Oct. 16 will help decide who wins the South Suburban Conference championship.

What isn’t known yet is how much control each team will have over its fate. That will be determined by their games Friday night.

Rosemount (5-1 overall, 5-0 SSC) leads the conference going into its game at Bloomington Jefferson at 7 p.m. Lakeville North (5-1, 5-1) will play at Eagan that night. If Rosemount and Lakeville North win – and both go in as favorites – their Oct. 16 meeting at Rosemount would be for the conference championship.

Prior Lake (4-2, 4-1) is still in the race but needs to win its final two games and have Lakeville North and Rosemount lose at least once each. Bloomington Jefferson (3-3, 3-2) remains in contention mathematically but needs a miraculous set of circumstances to occur to tie for the title.

Rosemount maintained its conference lead with a 35-7 victory over Lakeville South on Oct. 4. Junior running back Dimitri Williams scored three times and senior cornerback Conner Yepsen returned an interception for a touchdown for the second consecutive game.

The Irish took the lead with 23 seconds left in the first quarter on a 21-yard touchdown pass from Jackson Erdmann to Williams. On the first play of the second quarter Yepsen returned an interception 14 yards for a score.

Later in the second, Erdmann threw a 74-yard touchdown pass to Tray Ashby-Phan and Williams scored on a 3-yard run. It was 27-0, and the runaway was on.

Williams scored his third touchdown on a 1-yard run early in the third quarter. Lakeville South (3-3 overall, 2-3 SSC) scored on an 8-yard pass with 8 minutes, 22 seconds to play.

Erdmann, returning to the lineup after not playing the previous week against Eagan, completed six of eight passes for 190 yards. In addition to the touchdown passes to Williams and Ashby-Phan, the quarterback completed two throws to Tyler Hartigan for 59 yards.

Seven Rosemount players carried the ball as the Irish gained 135 yards rushing. Lowell Green had 45 yards on 10 carries.

Rosemount is going for its first conference title in football since 2010, when the Irish won the inaugural South Suburban Conference championship. Whatever happens in the final two regular-season games, Rosemount appears likely to be playing at home when the Class 6A, Section 3 playoffs start Oct. 25.

Tigers fall to Chanhassen

Farmington’s Mason Auge (32) and Nick Meyer converge on Chanhassen quarterback Joe Rosburg. Photo by Rick Orndorf

Farmington’s Mason Auge (32) and Nick Meyer converge on Chanhassen quarterback Joe Rosburg. Photo by Rick Orndorf

Farmington’s hopes of winning the final Missota Conference football championship dimmed considerably when the Tigers lost at home to Chanhassen 21-13 last Friday.

Now the best Farmington can do is tie for the championship. That will require the Tigers to win their final two regular-season games, Chaska to lose its last two and Chanhassen to lose at least once. Chaska is undefeated, ranked second in Class 5A, and its final two opponents are a combined 2-10 this season. So it’s possible Farmington’s attention already has turned to the upcoming Class 6A playoffs, which start Oct. 25.

The loss to Chanhassen was Farmington’s second in a row after opening the season with four consecutive victories. The Storm gained 359 yards on the ground, and two Chanhassen backs ran for more than 100 yards.

Farmington opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Tyler Van Winkle. Chanhassen scored one touchdown in the second quarter and two more in the third before the Tigers responded with a 7-yard scoring pass from Van Winkle to Jordan DeCroock.

Van Winkle completed 16 of 31 passes for 210 yards. Five different receivers caught passes, with DeCrook getting six catches for 50 yards. Johnny Dittman had four receptions for 61 yards.

Kevin Clifton, Eli Rockett and Godfrey Mpetey each were credited with 6.5 tackles.

Next up for Farmington is a game at Holy Angels (2-4) at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11. The Tigers’ final regular-season game is at home against Shakopee on Wednesday, Oct. 16.

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