Class 6A state football: Irish upset No. 1 Edina, 14-10
Nobody knows who we are!" Rosemount head coach Jeff Erdmann said when he addressed his team on the sideline after Thursday night's Class 6A state tournament quarterfinal.
They do now.
The Irish, who started the season with three losses in their first four games, overcame a 10-point deficit in the second half to turn plenty of heads with 14-10 upset of No. 1-ranked Edina at the Metrodome. They advance to the program's fourth semifinal appearance in seven years Thursday, where they take on fourth-ranked Lakeville North. The Panthers handed the Irish their last loss 35-0 on Oct. 17 in Lakeville.
The Irish missed a couple of opportunities to score in the first half, but came out of halftime and put together two long touchdown drives to take a 14-10 lead. The defense took over after that, holding Edina to a missed field goal, two punts and two turnovers on downs in the second half. The Hornets threatened twice in the game's final four minutes, dropping a long pass inside the five-yard line on a fourth and 9 play and then advancing all the way to the Irish 27 with under two minutes remaining before three long incompletions and a sack by Brian Rogers sealed the deal.
After a scoreless first quarter, Edina got on the board first on a six-yard keeper by quarterback Mark Handberg. Three plays earlier, Handberg kept the drive going with a 44-yard completion on third and 19.
Rosemount (7-4) got the ball back in Edina territory on an interception return by Isaiah Collins, but a sack on a fourth and inches play gave the ball back to the Hornets at midfield. Three powerful runs by Kevin Placide brought the ball to the five, but an intentional grounding call forced the Hornets to settle for a 37-yard field goal that gave them a 10-0 lead with four seconds left in the half.
The Irish got the ball first to start the second half and drove 81 yards on nine plays to set up a seven-yard touchdown pass from Jackson Erdmann to Sean Kalinowski on a third and 3 play. The first big play of the drive was a wide receiver pass from Kalinowski to Dimitri Williams that went for 27 yards. Erdmann then completed two more passes to Kalinowski to move the ball inside the 10.
The game's momentum shifted for good on the next drive. Edina looked to have established itself on the ground as Placide (22 attempts for 125 yards) carried six straight times to move the ball to the Irish 16, but his personal foul penalty pushed the Hornets back to the 31 and two plays later Patrick LeCorre came up short on a 48-yard field goal.
The Irish got the ball back at the 20 and marched 80 yards on nine plays for the go-ahead score. Erdmann completed two long jump balls on the drive, the first an arcing 33-yarder to Kalinowski and the second a 23-yard lob that Williams grabbed between three Edina defenders at the six-yard line.
Williams then carried twice to get the ball to the one before plunging across the boundary on third and goal. Sam Broback's second extra point made it 14-10 with 49 seconds left in the third quarter.
The Hornets punted on their next two drives, but reversed field position with a 54-yard punt and started at their own 48 with 3:58 to go. A long incompletion on fourth down gave the ball back to the Irish, but Edina snuffed out three straight running plays and used all three of its timeouts to get the ball back at the 45 with 2:27 remaining. The Hornets moved into Irish territory on a 15-yard personal foul penalty and completed a pass to the 27, but couldn't get any closer.
Williams led the Irish with just 34 rushing yards, but caught a team-high seven balls for 81 yards. Kalinowski added six catches for 72 yards and Jordan Herbranson hauled in a 40-yarder as Erdmann completed 14 of 18 passes for a season-high 177 yards.... Rosemount's defensive pressure led to Edina's quarterback completing just 11 of 28 passes for 122 yards.... The Irish moved the ball to the Edina 7-yard line on their first drive of the game, but a delay of game penalty and a false start penalty pushed them back and led to a missed field goal from 34 yards out.... Edina had nine penalties for 70 yards and Rosemount had six for 45 yards. Both teams were displeased with the number of illegal shifts being called.... The Rosemount defense has allowed 30 points over the team's last five wins.... Lakeville North (10-1) has won six straight since its lone loss to Prior Lake in Week 5. The Panthers have three shutouts in their last five games.