Prior Lake's Tyler Shaver (8) held off Roseville defender Treygan Adams (21) on his way to a long second-quarter touchdown. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
Roseville quarterback Kidus Belete is sacked by Prior Lake's Markus Knudsen in the second quarter. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
With uncertainty swirling around the rest of the season, Prior Lake assured what it could on Tuesday: That the Lakers’ seniors would leave their home Dan Patch Stadium with heads held high.
The COVID-19 pandemic may throw a wrench into the rest of the prep football playoffs in Minnesota, given Governor Walz is expected to add additional restrictions in the coming days to help address surging positive cases, but No. 4 seed Prior Lake handled its business in round one Tuesday, defeating No. 5 seed Roseville 44-0.
“We’ve been fortunate to play seven games now and not everyone’s been able to do that,” said Prior Lake coach Matt Gegenheimer. “We knew this was going to be the last time our seniors played on this field. That was a big deal and that was pretty much motivation enough for those guys.”
The winner was slated to take on No. 1 seed Eden Prairie on the road 5 p.m. Saturday, so this meant the Lakers knew they were going to play elsewhere with a victory.
Lakers running back Tyler Shaver was among those in the locker room who gave pregame senior speeches to his teammates and coaches.
In the opening round of the Class 6A playoffs, Prior Lake flexed its muscles in a 44-0 win over visiting Roseville on Tuesday night.
Running back Cam Miller rushed in for a 1-yard score and added a pair of two-point conversions in the first half. His touchdown put No. 4-seed Prior Lake (4-3) ahead 7-0 late in the first quarter.
The Lakers added on when Miller’s backfield mate, Tyler Shaver, tiptoed down the sideline for a 52-yard touchdown rush on the first play of the second quarter.
Prior Lake quarterback Kyle Haas responded from an interception on the opening drive. He connected with Jacob Anderson for a 2-yard TD and showed off his scrambling skills later in the second quarter to find Kyle McCullough for a 30-yard strike. The two passing touchdowns came in the final five minutes of the first half.
Prior Lake led 30-0 at halftime against a No. 5 seed Roseville squad (2-4) that averaged 13.4 points per game. The Raider offense struggled to find its rhythm as it dealt with losses due to COVID-19 protocols throughout the roster, including head coach Chris Simdorn. Defensive coordinator Mike Grant was acting head coach for Roseville.
Prior Lake's Cameron Miller ran over Roseville's Teris Watson (3) on his way to the game's first touchdown. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
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