Lakeville South running back Carson Hansen (28) ran for a touchdown in the second quarter against Prior Lake. Photo: AARON LAVINSKY • firstname.lastname@example.org
Lakeville South football coach Ben Burk projected sophomore Carson Hansen to be a strong defensive back who would “also play offense” this season.
Hansen made his first start at running back Friday at Prior Lake. Four touchdowns later, the athletic and fast youngster made his case to remain in the offensive backfield.
He scored twice in each half to pace No. 1-ranked Lakeville South’s 49-35 victory against No. 3 Prior Lake.
“We’ve known about Carson for a couple years,” Burk said. “He was a stud for the freshman team last year. We had Johnny Shabaz last year and we see a lot of him in Carson, and we’re really excited about what he will continue to become.”
Drawing comparisons to Shabaz, a Star Tribune All-Metro second-team selection as a senior last fall, put a smile on Hansen’s face.
“I watch him on film almost every day, and I really look up to him and the player he was,” Hansen said.
The Dan Patch Stadium scoreboard at Prior Lake didn’t start functioning Friday until seconds remained in the first half.
A busy first half by Lakeville South and the Lakers might have caused it to short out, anyway. They combined for seven touchdowns in the first two quarters. But No. 1 ranked Lakeville South maintained its superior pace in the second half en route to a 49-35 victory.
The Cougars led 29-21 at halftime on the strength of four rushing touchdowns, two of them from sophomore running back Carson Hansen, who wasn’t close to finished.
Fellow sophomore Joseph Krouse kept No. 3 Prior Lake in the game with two long scores, a 45-yard run and a 93-yard kickoff return.
Hansen’s third scoring run capped a Cougars’ drive started at midfield after a Prior Lake fumble. Trailing 36-21, the Lakers answered with a third quarter touchdown. But it wouldn’t be enough. A second Prior Lake fumble set up a fourth touchdown drive finished by Hansen.
Check back later for more on the game.