Irish football extends winning streak to three with win over Eastview
The Rosemount Irish football team continued their winning ways Friday night as they extended their winning streak to three games with a close victory over the Eastview Lightning, 13-9. The Irish special teams helped put them over the top. With the victory, Rosemount improves to 3-2 over all and 3-0 in the Metro South sub-district.
There was no scoring in the first quarter, but the Irish went ahead 7-0 with 10 minutes, 37 seconds left in the half after senior quarterback Max Carter scored from 1-yard out on a quarterback sneak, and junior kicker Nathan Whiting made the extra point. Just a couple minutes later, Whiting made a 31-yard field goal to put Rosemount up 10-0 with 7:32 left in the second quarter. With just a couple minutes left in the half, Eastview scored on a 5-yard touchdown pass and converted the extra point to make it 10-7 at halftime.
The score held there until late in the fourth quarter when sophomore linebacker Jake Ratzlaff sacked the Lightning quarterback, forced a fumble and recovered it at the Eastview 20. Whiting went on to make his second 31-yard field goal of the game to put the Irish up 13-7 with 5:08 left in the game.
The Irish defense then came up big when senior Andrew Reuter grabbed an interception with a minute left. Rosemount then attempted to run out the clock and Carter took a safety with three seconds left in order to waste as much time as possible. After the Irish punted, the Lightning threw one last hail mary that Rosemount broke up.
Whiting continues to be a weapon for the Irish with his punting and field goal range past 40 yards. His two field goals were the difference in Rosemount’s win over the Lightning.
Reuter said that there was one wrinkle from the Eastview offense that gave the Irish trouble.
“They were able to run a pretty good screen play to their running back in the first half,” he said.
The Irish running game was bottled up as they rushed for just 52 total yards. Senior running back Garrison Green carried the ball 20 times for 38 yards and sophomore Christian Graske added six rushes for 32 yards.
They were able to move the ball with their passing game, though not as efficient as Rosemount would have liked. Carter was just 8-of-22 passing, but for 192 yards with a rushing touchdown. Junior wide receiver Jonathan Mann broke out for the first time this season with four catches for 121 yards, an average of over 30 yards per reception. Reuter grabbed three catches for 64 yards.
“Eastview has a very solid defense and I think at times we didn’t execute like we know we can,” Reuter said about the offense’s performance.
“I think in the first half we saw that we need to be more mentally prepared,” Reuter said about the game in general. “In the second half we played more fundamental football which we will carry into next week.”
After two-straight away games, Rosemount will have two straight at home. They host Lakeville South next Friday and then Burnsville on Friday, Oct. 12.
“It will be a physical game and we need to have a great week of practice to be well prepared,” Reuter said about the upcoming Lakeville South matchup.