Panthers end Burnsville’s season with 31-0 playoff victory
Lakeville North had little difficulty advancing to the second round of the Class 6A football playoffs, defeating Burnsville 31-0 in a first-round game last Friday.
The Blaze (2-7) was able to stay in the game for more than a half. Burnsville trailed 10-0 midway through the third quarter before Lakeville North pulled away. The Panthers earned their fifth shutout of the season.
Lakeville North (7-2) rebounded from a 36-7 loss to Rosemount in the final game of the regular season. The Panthers play host to Cretin-Derham Hall at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, in the crossover round between Section 3 and Section 4 teams. The winner will play in a quarterfinal game either Thursday, Nov. 7, at TCF Bank Stadium or Friday, Nov. 8, at the Metrodome.
Panthers quarterback Drew Stewart passed for two touchdowns and ran for one in the Burnsville game. Both touchdown passes went to senior wide receiver Lee Edwards. Stewart scored on an 8-yard run in the second quarter.
Senior running back Jamiah Newell scored the Panthers’ final touchdown on a 40-yard run in the fourth quarter. He gained 155 yards on 26 carries. Stewart rushed for 35 yards and Tanner Jacobus gained 39 yards on four carries.
Edwards had four catches for 80 yards and two touchdowns. Stu Hamann kicked a 35-yard field goal and four extra points.
Burnsville lost its final four games after back-to-back victories over Bloomington Kennedy and Lakeville South in midseason. The losing streak started with a 41-7 defeat at Lakeville North on Oct. 4. Next year the Blaze will look to build around players such as linebacker Brett Shepley, defensive lineman Tahi Dixon, receiver Camden Traetow and running back Ben Sherman.
This week, Lakeville North will play a Cretin-Derham Hall team that has won six in a row after a 1-2 start. The Raiders tied for second place in the Suburban East Conference and routed Stillwater 41-0 in the first round of the playoffs.
Cretin-Derham Hall has at least one player whose name will be familiar to Lakeville North fans. Senior running back Blake Banham is the younger brother of North standout athletes Rachel Banham and Cole Banham. Rachel now plays for the University of Minnesota women’s basketball team and Cole is on the Gophers football team.
Blake Banham rushed for 192 yards in Cretin-Derham Hall’s victory over Stillwater last week. The Raiders also feature junior defensive end Jashon Cornell, who is ranked as the nation’s No. 1 recruit in the class of 2015.