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Football: Defense dominates Lightning

Rosemount's Carter Yepsen steps up to make a tackle during Friday night's shutout of the Eastview.

The Rosemount football team saw progress from its offense, defense and special teams while getting in the win column with a 24-0 shutout of Eastview Friday night in Apple Valley.

The defense, which actually held second-ranked Wayzata’s rushing attack somewhat in check while giving up 188 yards in a season-opening, double-overtime loss on Aug. 29, limited the rival Lightning to 48 yards on 34 carries in a dominant effort.

That helped the Irish offense control the ball for nearly 29 of the game’s 48 minutes, and rack up 352 yards of its own. Quarterback Jackson Erdmann, who completed just a third of his 18 passes against Wayzata, hit on 16 of 25 throws for 220 yards and three touchdowns.

Erdmann also took on some of the punting duties and booted four punts for 181 yards, a 45.3-yard average. That wasn’t the only change the Irish made on special teams. Cole Jalivay stepped in at placekicker for the first time and made three extra points and a 20-yard field goal that made it 17-0 early in the fourth quarter.

The Irish (1-1) got on the board when Erdmann connected with Dimitri Williams for a 33-yard touchdown less than a minute into the second quarter. The score stayed 7-0 heading into halftime.

Erdmann made it a two-score game with 3:55 left in the third when he found Tyler Hartigan for a 20-yard touchdown. Erdmann’s third scoring toss went to Williams from 16 yards out late in the fourth quarter.

Williams finished with a team-high seven catches for 108 yards. Jordan Herbranson added three receptions for 64 yards, including a 48-yarder from Erdmann.

Williams also carried the ball seven times for 47 yards. Trent Woodcock led the Irish with 71 yards on 15 carries.

The Irish defense forced Eastview into eight punts, a fumble, a turnover on downs and a Conner Yepsen interception.

The team is back on the road tomorrow night for a South Suburban Conference game at Bloomington Kennedy. The Eagles have lost 12 games in a row dating back to 2011.