Starting in place of injured senior quarterback Nate Raddatz, Prior Lake sophomore quarterback Kyle Haas threw probably the biggest touchdown pass of his career to senior wide receiver Austin Gordon with 2:42 left in the fourth quarter, sealing the Lakers’ 20-14 win over Cretin-Derham Hall in the first round of the Class 6A state tournament.
In front of a noisy crowd at Dan Patch Stadium in Prior Lake, the Lakers (5-4) jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first half after two short touchdown runs by senior running back Sam Emmerich.
“You can’t relax,” Prior Lake coach Matt Gegenheimer said. “In 6A football, most games come down to a handful of plays and you can’t relax ever. You have to be able to run the football at this level and I think we did a good job of that.”
Sophomore quarterback Kyle Haas found Austin Gordon late in the fourth quarter for what became the game-winning touchdown in Prior Lake’s 20-14 win over Cretin-Derham Hall on Friday at Dan Patch Stadium in Prior Lake.
In response to the 16-yard pass from Haas, which gave the Lakers (5-4) a 20-7 lead, Raiders quarterback Preston Thelemann connected with Marisellieo Mendez to bring Cretin-Derham Hall within striking distance with 1:26 remaining. The Lakers, however, recovered the ensuing onside kick and hung on to win.
With the win, Prior Lake continues in the Class 6A state tournament with a trip to Champlin Park next week.
Haas completed three of five passes for 80 yards and one TD. Prior Lake senior running back Sam Emmerich ran for 31 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries.
Thelemann completed 11 of 21 passes for 123 yards and two TDs.
MN Football Hub polls are for entertainment purposes only.