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Rosemount football routes Eagan 50-7 for first win of the season

Senior running back Garrison Green scored four touchdowns in the first half against Eagan. Here he takes a hand-off from Carter last season against Edina. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia

The Rosemount Irish football team suffered two tough losses to start the season and decided to take out their frustration on the Eagan Wildcats to the tune of a 50-7 score. Senior running back Garrison Green scored four touchdowns in the first half as the Irish put up a 40-spot on the Wildcats before halftime. With the win, Rosemount is now 1-2 and travels to Farmington next week to take on the Tigers, who lost at Lakeville North and are now 0-3.

Green started out the scoring in the first quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run and junior kicker Nathan Whiting made the extra point to make it 7-0 Irish. Later in the first, Green scored again, this time from 12 yards out and Rosemount took a 13-0 lead (this time the extra point was no good). Green kept the momentum going in the second quarter with another touchdown run, his third of the game, from four yards out and it was 20-0 Irish.

Sophomore running back Christian Graske joined the action with a 6-yard touchdown run to give Rosemount a 27-0 advantage. Senior quarterback Max Carter then completed a 33-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Andrew Reuter but Whiting missed his second extra point and it was 33-0 Irish. They ended the half with another touchdown run by Green (three yards) and Rosemount led 40-0 at halftime.

Whiting redeemed himself in the third quarter with a 45-yard field goal, which was followed up by a 5-yard touchdown run by senior running back Max Enright, with the extra point good by Brian Boyake-Ansah. Eagan spoiled the shutout when they scored on a 73-yard touchdown run. The fourth quarter was scoreless and the final was 50-7 Rosemount.

Head coach Jeff Erdmann said that his team was clicking on all cylinders, with the exception of a couple extra points.

"We missed a couple extra points, but I was pleased," he said. "We come out and Whiting does a great job putting them (Eagan) in difficult field position. The offense moved the ball running, so it opens up the passing game as well, it was a very good first half for us."

Erdmann said the big difference in tonight's win was his team's ability to run the ball and force turnovers.

"Being able to run the ball and manufacturing some turnovers," he said. "I think we had two blocked punts, we had a pick and maybe one or two fumble recoveries. That's a big thing, we try to really focus on that. When we can run the ball, when we can stop the run and when we have turnovers good things happen for us, and that hasn't necessarily been the case the first two weeks.

Rosemount travels to Farmington next week and will have to slow down the Tigers' passing attack.

"They throw the ball well," Erdmann said. "They have a good quarterback and they've got skilled guys, so we have to be able to play a solid game in all phases because they've shown year-in and year-out that they can score points."

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a RiverTown Multimedia sports reporter covering Hastings, Farmington and Rosemount athletics. He graduated from Drake University with a journalism degree in 2014. 

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