Prior Lake junior running back Tyler Shaver, who had 104 yards on 21 carries, goes up the field against Shakopee at Vaughan Field in Shakopee. The Lakers beat the Sabers 14-12 on Friday Night. Photo by Gary Mukai, SportsEngine
As Prior Lake and Shakopee went to their respective locker rooms at halftime during Friday night’s game at Vaughan Field in Shakopee, the silence of the home crowd was deafening. The Sabers trailed 14-0 and had little success moving the ball against the Laker crowd.
Little did those fans, and everyone else in attendance, know the game would become a nail-biter that would go right down to the end.
In the fourth quarter Shakopee battled back, having the chance to tie the game and win it. The Sabers’ rally came up just short, however, as they suffered their first loss of the season and Prior Lake escaped with a 14-12 win.
From the start, the Lakers had their foot on the gas pedal and ran wild against Shakopee. Prior Lake, ranked No. 6 in the Class 6A Associated Press poll, struck in the first quarter after driving most of the field, culminating in Lakers senior quarterback Nate Raddatz throwing a 4-yard touchdown pass to open the scoring.
Prior Lake junior wide receiver Jake Anderson puts the Lakers up 6-0 against host Shakopee on Friday Night. The Lakers went out to defeat the Sabers 14-12. Photo by Gary Mukai, SportsEngine
Prior Lake built a 14-0 lead in the first half against Shakopee on Friday, which proved to be just enough as the Sabers rallied for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter but could not convert either point-after attempt, falling to the Lakers 14-12 at Vaughan Field in Shakopee.
In the first half the Lakers, ranked No. 6 in the Class 6A Associated Press poll, took complete control scoring both of their touchdowns in the opening 24 minutes.
Senior quarterback Nate Raddatz got things going for the Lakers (2-0, 1-0) in the first quarter with a 4-yard pass on fourth down to give Prior Lake a 7-0 lead. The Lakers’ offensive attack was supplemented by junior running back Tyler Shaver, who notched the game-winning touchdown with a run from 3 yards out. Shaver finished with 104 yards on 21 carries.
Shakopee (1-1, 0-1) stayed in the game with a staunch defensive effort, featuring junior Ashton Schriever who had an interception. Offensively, he caught the second Shakopee touchdown with 3:31 remaining in the game.
The Sabers tallied both of their touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but they missed the first extra-point opportunity and failed on a two-point conversion try following their second TD.
Shakopee senior running back Donovan Monroe scored the Sabers' first touchdown against visiting Prior Lake Friday night in Shakopee. Photo by Gary Mukai, SportsEngine
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