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Stout, relentless Lakeville North upsets Eden Prairie 14-0

By JIM PAULSEN, Star Tribune, 09/07/18, 9:00PM CDT


The Panthers, behind two third-quarter touchdowns by Brian Curtis Jr., handed the Eagles their first loss since 2016.

Lakeville North running back Brian Curtis Jr. (28) celebrated one of his second half touchdowns against Eden Prairie. Photo: AARON LAVINSKY ¥ aaron.lavinsky@startribune.com

It’s a well-traveled path for those familiar with Eden Prairie football. 

The bigger, stronger, more physical team slowly grinds on its opponent until the other guys break.

Only this time, it Eden Prairie that was being broken.

Lakeville North, leaning on its massive offensive front and a relentlessly aggressive defense, out-Eden Prairied Eden Prairie for a 14-0 victory.

The victory marks the first time Lakeville North defeated the west-metro powerhouse in school history, which dates back to 2005, when Lakeville split into two high schools.

“We kept reminding our players to just be who we are and trust that who we are was good enough,” Lakeville North coach Brian Vossen said. “We’re built to wear and tear on other teams.”

The Lakeville North student section erupted after a blocked field goal attempt by Eden Prairie appeared to be returned by the Panthers for a touchdown. But it was nullifed by a penalty. Photo: AARON LAVINSKY ¥ aaron.lavinsky@startribune.com

First report


Brian Curtis Jr. scored two touchdowns in a span of just over five minutes in the second quarter, lifting Lakeville North to a 14-0 victory over top-ranked Eden Prairie.

The victory marked the first time in school history that Lakeville North defeated Eden Prairie, ending an eight-game losing streak dating back its inception in 2005, when Lakeville split into two high schools.

It’s also the first time Eden Prairie has been held scoreless since losing to Wayzata 16-0 on Oct. 17, 2012.

Check back later for more on the game.

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