Prior Lake running back Tanner Newlin (9) handed the ball to an official as his teammates celebrated his first-half touchdown run. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
Prior Lake running back Tyler Shaver (8) broke free for a long run in the second quarter of the Lakers' 42-0 victory over Edina at Prior Lake High School on Thursday. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
Prior Lake coach Matt Gegenheimer said after the Lakers' triumph over Edina that most of the teams in Minnesota that win in the postseason can run the football well.
Through two games this season, Gegenheimer appears to have a team that’s more than capable of running the football. The Lakers’ backfield shined on Thursday, combining for more than 400 yards of offense in Prior Lake’s 42-0 victory over Edina at Dan Patch Stadium.
For Prior Lake, it all starts with senior running back Tyler Shaver. He caught some attention in Week 1 after running for 169 yards and two touchdowns in the Lakers’ 29-28 win over defending Class 6A state champion Wayzata on Oct. 9.
Shaver had a similarly strong performance this week, rushing for 163 yards and a TD. He now has 332 yards on the ground in just two games played.
“I really like the way our offensive line has been shaping up,” Gegenheimer said. “Shaver has been outstanding back there for us.”
After senior running back Tyler Shaver’s 169 rushing yard performance in Week 1, Shaver and his backfield mates for Prior Lake stole the show once again, combining for 403 yards in the Lakers’ 42-0 defeat of Edina on Thursday at Dan Patch Stadium.
Shaver was the ringleader for the Lakers, ranked No. 3 in the Class 6A Associated Press statewide poll, rushing for 163 of those yards. He also picked up a touchdown, which came on a 48-yard scamper.
Aside from Shaver, Prior Lake (2-0, 2-0) got significant contributions from senior Cameron Miller and sophomore Joseph Krouse. Miller scored a TD and rushed for 66 yards, while Krouse finished with 87 yards on five carries.
Lakers junior quarterback Kyle Haas also stepped into the running game with 41 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw for 106 yards and a TD pass to senior Tanner Newlin, who also had an interception in the win.
Edina’s offensive ineptitude continued after scoring just three points in its season opener. Hornets (0-2, 0-1) quarterbacks George Sandven and Adam Berghult combined for 95 yards but also threw three interceptions.
Senior Sawyer Anderson, Berghult and junior running back Evan Deutsch each ran for 36 yards in the loss.
Prior Lake sophomore Joseph Krouse was slowed and tackled by Edina's Anthony Doll. The run set up a Lakers touchdown in the first half. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
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