It took a while for Trey Heid and the Lakeville North Panther’s offense to get going Friday night, but once they did, Edina didn’t have an answer.
The Panthers offense revolves around Heid’s ability to open up plays with his feet. Rolling out of the pocket and pulling defenses in. If the defense commits to the run, then Heid throws it over their heads. If the defense stays back, Heid tucks it and runs.
That’s the plan, in theory. Edina had an answer for that in the early going. Pulling their defensive ends out and containing Heid inside the pocket.
The Panthers were only able to get into the endzone once in the first half, really by sheer luck.
Midway through the first quarter the Panthers were inside the Hornet’s 30. Heid took the snap and was forced to scramble around the pocket with the heavy rush from Edina’s front four. A front that seemingly was in North’s backfield on every play.
Heid ended up getting some separation and threw a prayer down field to Joel Oxton. The receiver was wide open on the five and ran into the endzone. A broken play turns into seven points.
All 220 pounds of Hornet running back John Bryan was used Friday night. The senior finished the night with two touchdowns and 139 yards on 39 carries. Including a two yard run in the second quarter, tying things at 7-7 going into the half. Those two scores would end up being the only points the Hornets would put up against the Panthers Friday night.
The Panthers came out firing in the second half however, finding the endzone on their first two possessions. Lakeville North would convert on a 3rd and 28, Trey Heid finding Charlie Hayes that brought the Panthers to the Hornet’s 2 yard line. The senior quarterback would run it in from there.
After an Edina three and out, Heid and Hayes would connect again. This time a 30 yard touchdown pass to the back of the endzone that would prove to be the game winner.
Heid would finish with 190 passing yards going 13 of 25 with two touchdowns and one rushing. Hayes caught nine passes for 136 yards and a touchdown.
The game ended with the Panthers Alex Wood returning an interception for a touchdown as time expired. The pass came off what appeared to be an illegal forward lateral as Edina tried to keep the play alive with the clock at zero.
The Panthers improve to 3-0 on the season and will play the Class 5A state runner-ups Apple Valley next week.
The Hornets drop to 2-1 and will open the conference season next week against Minnetonka.
By Kyle Zander