Football: Erdmann lights up Eagles
Rosemount quarterback Jackson Erdmann completed five passes Friday night — all in the second quarter — and all five went for touchdowns.
Erdmann connected on scoring passes of 35, 30, 68, 10 and 23 yards as the 10th-ranked (Class 6A) Irish exploded for 40 points in the first half on their way to a 61-21 rout of Bloomington Kennedy at Bloomington Stadium. The Eagles lost for the 13th straight time, while the Irish scored their highest point total in at least a decade in their final South Suburban Conference meeting with the east Bloomington school.
Before the Irish passing attack started rolling, Dimitri Williams got the visitors on the board with a 72-yard punt return for a touchdown in the final minute of the first quarter.
The Irish opened the second quarter with a 35-yard touchdown toss from Erdmann to Tyler Hartigan, and went on to score 33 points in a span of just over 10 minutes. Erdmann found Grant Jackson for a 30-yard touchdown to make it 21-0, and after a quick Kennedy score, threw a 68-yard touchdown to Williams to make it 27-7.
The next drive ended with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jack Kessler and Williams closed out the half with his third touchdown, this one from 23 yards out, with 29 seconds left.
Erdmann didn't complete a pass after the break and finished 5 of 14 for 166 yards and five touchdowns. The Irish focused on their ground game in the second half and finished with 226 yards on 36 attempts. Lowell Green got 14 carries and reached triple digits with 114 yards, including touchdown runs of five and 20 yards in the second half. Kicker Cole Jalivay made seven extra points and capped off the scoring with an eight-yard touchdown run in the final three minutes.
The Rosemount defense forced Kennedy into nine punts and three turnovers, including an interception by Williams. The Eagles were just 1 of 11 on third downs.
The Irish (2-1) are back on the road for the third straight week at ninth-ranked (Class 6A) Prior Lake tomorrow night.