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Football: Studying pays off

Rosemount football coach Jeff Erdmann and his staff weren't quite sure what to expect heading into last week's home opener against Burnsville.

While the Blaze are a familiar Lake Conference opponent, they are also sporting unfamiliar new offensive and defensive coordinators.

After the Irish earned a win in their season opener, they went to the film to find out what Burnsville did in its first game.

The studying paid off big-time as Rosemount shut out the Blaze, 31-0, in the home opener for the Irish.

"Fortunately, they did the same thing they did the week before," Erdmann said. "That was nice. We felt comfortable going in. You never really know what you are going to see, but we were excited to see the same thing."

Using the game plan and following through with solid execution, the Irish were able to do something that is rarely done -- shut out a Lake Conference opponent.

Rosemount held Burnsville to just 152 yards of offense.

"We haven't been giving up the big plays," Erdmann said. "If teams are going to score, they are going to have to drive all the way down the field. We try not to give up any significant plays. Other than that, we try to keep them in front of us."

The Irish also intercepted three passes.

On offense, Chase Vogler had a part in four scores. He opened the scoring with a 40-yard touchdown run, and added two touchdown passes.

Garrett Glaus had a touchdown run, and Joseph Broback hit a 32-yard field goal. Rosemount went into halftime leading 24-0, and were able to cruise from there.

Zachary Vraa and Jordan Maeck each caught touchdown passes as the Irish racked up 341 yards of offense.

Jack Pauly, Christian Willman, and Maxwell Busher had the interceptions.

"Anytime you get a shutout in the Lake Conference that makes quite a statement," Erdmann said. "I was pretty pleased with the defense. The special teams were solid again. We were solid all the way around."

While the opposition will get tougher, at least the Irish know what they will be facing on a week-in, week-out basis as they continue with their Lake Conference schedule.

"You know the basics," Erdmann said. "There might be an injury, or a new guy, or a stud receiver, or a team might try to play smash-mouth, but that stuff you can somewhat adjust to."

After two games, the adjustments have been smooth for Rosemount's undefeated squad.