Wall’s two long TDs lead Rosemount ahead of Lakeville North – Twin Cities
Rosemount wide receiver Cedric Wall caught two receptions over 65 yards to make the night’s biggest plays in the Metro South duel against Lakeville North on Friday night.
Those two decisive receptions and a strong defensive position led the Irish to a 17-0 victory over the Panthers at Rosemount Irish Stadium on Friday.
“I have so much confidence in him to play for us,” said Rosemount senior quarterback Vincent Pyne. “He’s electric. He can make a game out of thin air.
After Rosemount (3-0) scored first, in his first practice with a 28-yard field goal from star kicker Leyton Simmering, it was the Wall Show in the first half.
In the second play of the second practice, Rosemount was at his own 28-yard line when Pyne hit Wall with a pass along the Rosemount sideline. Lakeville North defenders (1-2) were right on Wall’s heels, but Wall crashed into the end zone for a 72-yard touchdown with 2:04 left in the first quarter, giving a lead of 10 -0 to Rosemount.
“It was nice to have a game like this. Last week I messed up in terms of blocking and I feel like I blocked better today, ”said Wall, who was more concerned about the post-game blocking than the big catches. “Just go over there and play the game, I know I can play.”
Simmering is one of the best kickers in the state and also a goalkeeper for the football team. Erdmann said he gives the Irish a huge advantage knowing they can pin teams inside the 10-yard line on punters and easily hit field goals that some teams wouldn’t attempt. .
“When I go there, I just do my thing. I do my job like everyone else does their job, ”said Simmering. “It makes me feel good, because the team love what I do.”
Simmering said he’s on the radar to kick off some college football programs.
At the start of the third quarter, Wall caught another pass from Pyne – this one a bubble on the straight sideline – and Wall ran 66 yards to the Panthers’ 1-yard line where he narrowly missed the orange pylon before being tackled out of bounds. in the corner of the green grass. Pyne threw the ball on the next play for a one-yard touchdown, giving the Irish a 17-0 lead.
The second half was a scoreless defensive performance, and after the Lakeville North junior quarterback threw an incomplete pass on the fourth down with 3:09 left, Rosemount got the ball, got another first. try and Pyne put two knees to end the game 17-0.
“Disappointed that we didn’t have more (points) in the second half, but our defense played solid the whole game,” Rosemount coach Jeff Erdmann said of his team’s first shutout of the season.
Wall led the Irish in receptions with 138 yards on those two receptions. Pyne was leading on the ground with 35 yards. Running back Jayden Washington had 26 for the next rushing yards.
Lakeville North junior quarterback Seth Johnson threw 6-14 for 45 yards, and senior running back Gavyn Schraufnagel led the run with 83 yards on 19 carries.
“We figured out that we couldn’t really throw the ball too much, so we kind of stuck with running it in the stomach, and eventually the teams are just going to stop that,” said Schraufnagel.
After the game, Lakeville North head coach Brian Vossen said he knew his team needed to improve the passing game in order to open the running game.
“At the end of the day we’re in a situation right now with a bit young attack in some places, and we’re trying to work through some of the positions and hopefully it will click,” said Vossen.
It was also Tackle Cancer Night, so many fans wore pink for the event to benefit the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund. The reported amount of funds raised was $ 3,000 for the fund.