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