Irish win playoff opener 49-0
On Friday night Rosemount welcomed Farmington to the South Suburban Conference at the same time as the Irish were knocking the Tigers out of the state Class 6A playoffs.
South Suburban Conference champion Rosemount improved to 8-1 with its 49-0 home-field victory over Farmington and advanced to the round of 16 in Class 6A. The Irish will play host to Mounds View at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, in the crossover round matching Section 3 and Section 4 opponents.
Next year Farmington will join Rosemount and eight other schools in the South Suburban Conference after saying farewell to the Missota Conference. The Tigers finished 4-5, losing their final five games after starting 4-0.
Farmington’s biggest problem was moving the ball against a stout Rosemount defense that allowed only 77 yards. The Irish, meanwhile, scored 42 points in the first half and finished with 427 yards.
The Irish’s Dimitri Williams ran for a 2-yard touchdown early in the first quarter. Less than two minutes later, Nate Sackett returned a blocked punt 10 yards for a score.
Rosemount added four touchdowns in the second quarter, two on short runs by Williams and Trent Woodcock and two on passes from Jackson Erdmann to Gabe Ehlers and Tray Ashby-Phan.
Lowell Green scored Rosemount’s final touchdown on a 96-yard run early in the fourth quarter.
The long touchdown run made Green the Irish’s rushing leader with 115 yards on six carries. Williams rushed for 60 yards and Tyrek Cross gained 48.
Erdmann completed eight of 13 passes for 149 yards. Ashby-Phan had two catches for 62 yards and Williams had three for 56.
Farmington quarterback Tyler Van Winkle completed 12 of 21 passes but for only 45 yards. Derek Klotter rushed for 38 yards and Jordan DeCroock caught six passes for 34 yards. Eli Rockett led the Farmington defense with seven tackles.
Rosemount’s next opponent, Mounds View, is 7-2 overall and defeated White Bear Lake 14-13 in overtime in its playoff opener. The Mustangs tied for second place in the Suburban East Conference. Mounds View reached the second round in the Class 6A playoffs last year before losing to Eastview.
Six South Suburban Conference teams will be in playoff games Nov. 1 – Rosemount, Prior Lake, Lakeville North, Lakeville South and Eastview in Class 6A, and Apple Valley in Class 5A.
Eight teams will remain in the Class 6A playoffs after the Nov. 1 games. Quarterfinal pairings will be announced this weekend. Two Class 6A quarterfinal games will be played at TCF Bank Stadium on Thursday, Nov. 7, with the other two scheduled for the Metrodome on Friday, Nov. 8.