Football: Irish lose lead, lose game against Blaze
Rosemount took a 14-0 lead in the first half of Friday night's homecoming football game, but the Irish couldn't hold on to the lead and ended lost to Burnsville, 21-14, in overtime.
"The first half, we played very well," coach Jeff Erdmann said. "Offensively, we moved the ball down and we were able to stick it in when we got down into the red zone. It's not like we came out and were brutal the second half. It was just, there were several different plays where if one of them would have gone our way, the game was ours."
Rosemount got on the board in the first quarter on a five-yard touchdown pass from Josh Schoaf to John Broback.
In the second quarter, it was runningback Jon Walsh that scored on a three-yard run. Add two extra points by Broback, and the Irish were up, 14-0.
Burnsville took the ball down and scored to start the second half.
The teams traded possessions throughout the third quarter, and eventually the Irish put a good drive together and got down to the Burnsville 20-yard line. That drive stalled, though, when the Irish fumbled the ball. The teams traded possessions again, with the Blaze eventually getting the ball on their own 40-yard line with just more than five minutes to play.
They took the ball down and scored with just 1:34 to play.
"They had a nice drive," Erdmann said. "We couldn't get them in a fourth-down situation.
In overtime, the Irish won the coin toss and elected to play defense first.
The Blaze opened overtime with a three-yard gain, but a motion penalty moved the Blaze back to a 2nd and 12. After two incomplete passes, Burnsville opted to go for a touchdown instead of kicking a field goal. On 4th and 12, the Blaze completed a touchdown pass, kicked the extra point and went up 21-14.
In Rosemount's ensuing possession, the Irish fumbled the pitch on the first play. They recovered the ball, but lost two yards. Rosemount advanced the ball to the seven yard line on second down, but on third down, the Irish quarterback was sacked at the 16. On 4th and 16, an Irish pass into the end zone fell incomplete.
"Offensively, we didn't stick it in in the second half," Erdmann said. "We moved the ball, but when we did have our chance to get into the red zone, we didn't do anything with it and we turned the ball over.
"Defensively, we did pretty well. Third-down conversions were critical. We were successful preventing them from getting the third-down conversions in the first half. They only had 16 plays on offense in the first half.
"In the second half, they sustained drives and made their third-down conversions. They ate up the clock and we didn't get the ball."
Players of the week were John Broback, Tim Coleman and Danny Prostrollo.
The Rosemount junior varsity lost to Burnsville, 15-9. They are now 4-2-1
Passing -- Josh Schoaf completed seven of 11 attempts for 91 yards and a touchdown. Ben Lemke completed two of four attempts for 53 yards.
Rushing -- Jon Walsh had 19 carries for 90 yards; Kevin Schroeder had six carries for 18 yards; Schoaf had nine carries for 15 yards. Zack Wilson and Lemke also had carries on the night.
Receiving -- Jesse Date had three catches for 48 yards; John Broback had one catch for five yards and a touchdown; Sean Tompkins had two catches for 21 yards; Wilson had one catch for 22 yards; Schroeder had one catch for 35 yards; Travis Tyson had one catch for 13 yards.
Defensive statistics were not available at press time.
Burnsville 0 0 7 7 7 - 21
Rosemount 7 7 0 0 0 - 14
Rose--Broback 5 pass from Schoaf (Broback kick)
Rose--Walsh 3 run (Broback kick)
Burns--Eiden 1 run (Warnke kick)
Burns--Eiden 1 run (Warnke kick)
Burns--Heisler 12 pass from Hale (Warnke kick)
Rosemount takes on Bloomington Kennedy on Friday night in Bloomington.
The Eagles have a 2-2 overall record.
Kennedy has wins over Lakeville North (30-27) and Jefferson (27-13).
Their losses were to Chaska (33-14), Eastview (31-7) and Park of Cottage Grove (49-21).
"They throw the ball well," Erdmann said. "Several of their skilled guys played as sophomores. They're one of the better throwing teams in the conference."
Evan Aber has completed 74 of 146 attempts for 975 yards and seven touchdowns on the season.
Hakeem Bourne-McFarlane has 26 catches for 313 yards and three touchdowns.
Jeff MIlls leads the Eagles in rushing with 401 yards on 71 attempts. Mike Houts has 69 carries for 365 yards.
"We need to be able to run the ball," Erdmann said. "They had difficulty defending the run last year. They're a much better team than last year. We're hoping to sustain our running game and break some big plays."