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Prior Lake gets untracked, then outraces Buffalo to 52-42 victory

By JIM PAULSEN, Star Tribune, 10/26/18, 11:30PM CDT


After a slow start, the Lakers scored on seven consecutive possessions to barely offset a 6-touchdown performance by Buffalo quarterback Aidan Bouman.

Prior Lake quarterback Colin O'Connor (4) ran with the ball as Buffalo linebacker Ty Zwack (48) reached out to try and make the tackle in the first half. Photo: Anthony Souffle, Star Tribune

After a season of hard losses and tough lumps, this is exactly what Prior Lake needed.

The Lakers (5-4) rallied from a 14-point first-half deficit with two touchdowns in the final minute before halftime. Then they kept that momentum in the second half en route to a 52-42 victory over Buffalo on Friday in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs.

“That was the funnest game I’ve ever played,” said Prior Lake quarterback Colin O’Connor, who ran for two touchdown and passed for two more.

Buffalo has made its reputation on the arm of superb junior quarterback Aidan Bouman and a cadre of quality receivers led by senior Treyton Welch.

The Bison lived up to that billing from the opening kickoff, going 95 yards in eight plays — benefiting from a key pass interference penalty on fourth-and-eight — to take a 7-0 lead on Welch’s first of three touchdown receptions.

First report

Trailing by 14 points late in the first half, Prior Lake came alive with two touchdowns in the final minutes of the first half, then rode that momentum to a 52-42 victory over Buffalo.

Prior Lake scored on seven consecutive possessions -- six touchdowns and field goal -- to counter six touchdown passes by Buffalo quarterback Aidan Bouman.

Lakers quarterback Colin O’Connor scored two touchdowns and passed for two more and receiver Parker Ellis found the end zone three times and scored a pair of two-point conversions.

Check back later for more on the game.

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