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Irish jump in final regular season football poll, open playoffs today

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With a convincing 40-7 victory against Eastview in the regular-season finale, the Rosemount football team jumped all the way to No. 5 in the final regular season Class 5A poll by the Associated Press. The Irish open the Class 5A, Section 3 tournament tonight against Burnsville.

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Rosemount finished the regular season with a 7-1 record, 7-0 in the Lake Conference.

With the stellar regular season, the Irish earned the top seed in the section tournament and face No. 8 seed -- and winless -- Burnsville tonight at Irish Stadium at 7 p.m. With a victory, Rosemount would face the winner No. 4 seed Bloomington Jefferson and No. 5 seed Eagan on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. at Rosemount.

In the final rankings, Rosemount jumped from the No. 9 ranked team to No. 5. The Associated Press rankings heading into the playoffs are:

1. Eden Prairie, 8-0

2. Wayzata, 8-0

3. Cretin-Derham Hall, 8-0

4. Champlin Park, 7-1

5. Rosemount, 7-1

6. Farmington, 8-0

7. Blaine, 7-1

8. Woodbury, 7-1

9. Owatonna, 7-1

10. Minnetonka, 5-3.

Also receiving votes: Hopkins, Mouonds View, Coon Rapids, St. Cloud Tech., Buffalo.

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