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Football: Williams sparks Irish, 24-13

Prior Lake ran more plays, rushed for more yards and picked up more first downs than Rosemount in Friday night’s matchup of ranked South Suburban Conference teams in Prior Lake.

But the 10th-ranked Lakers lost the turnover battle 2-0 and couldn’t stop 10th-ranked Rosemount’s big-play offense in the Irish’s 24-13 victory.

The visitors took control of a one-point game late in the fourth quarter when quarterback Jackson Erdmann hooked up with Gabe Ehlers for a 45-yard touchdown. The ensuing extra point by Cole Jalivay made it 21-13 Irish with 5:55 to go.

Jalivay tacked on a 23-yard field goal less than three minutes later to seal the deal.

Before the long toss to Ehlers, the Irish had completed just three passes the entire game. All three went to speedy running back Dimitri Williams for 58 yards. Williams also made a big impact on the ground, carrying the ball 26 times for 152 yards, and on special teams where he returned a kickoff 52 yards.

Williams got the Irish on the board in the first quarter on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Erdmann that made it 7-0. Prior Lake responded with a touchdown drive of its own to tie the score, but just over two minutes later Williams scored again, this time on the ground from four yards out.

The Lakers answered with their second touchdown midway through the third quarter, but the Irish blocked the kick to maintain a one-point lead.

Erdmann finished 4 of 10 through the air for 103 yards and two touchdowns. He also helped out on special teams, averaging 41.7 yards on three punts.

The Irish, now 3-1 overall and tied with Lakeville North as the lone undefeated teams atop the South Suburban Conference standings, are back in action tomorrow night in the homecoming game against 2-2 Eagan.