After years of serving as the proverbial “little brother” in their intramural rivalry, Lakeville South’s football program has gained the upper hand over the perennially powerful Lakeville North.
The Cougars pulled down Lakeville North for a third straight year, beating the Panthers 12-0 at Lakeville North on Friday.
The Cougars put Lakeville North under 150 yards of total offense as the Panthers struggled to get anything.
Lakeville South’s first drive of the game lasted 19 plays, but did not end in the points as Lakeville North turned the Cougar down inside the Panthers’ 5-yard-line.
The Cougars capitalized on their drive following, however. Faced with a fourth more goal from the Panthers’ 1-yard-line and the tough prospects of coming empty deep again in the Lakeville North area, Lakeville South quarterback Camden Dean shot down the plane to keep the Cougars 6-up quarterback. broke stealthily- 0 with 11 seconds left in the first half with a total of five possessions.
The longest game of the entire first half was an 11-yard run for Carson Hansen to run back from the dean.
The Cougars (2-0) carried the half-off momentum into the third quarter. Lakeville South took an early second-half drive down the field for another score – a 6-yard touchdown run by Ian Segna. The drive was highlighted by a 38-yard run from Hanson to convert third and 13.
Hanson led with 85 rushing yards for Lakeville South as the Panthers’ defense did a good job of slowing the Cougar’s normally prolific offense.
Lakeville South will face Eden Prairie in a much-anticipated matchup next week. The Eagles and Cougars entered the week in the Associated Press’ Class 6A state rankings ranked No. 1 and 2, respectively. The Cougars finished the 2020 season at No. 1 just ahead of Eden Prairie for the top spot in the state.