During Lakeville South’s first drive against Bloomington Jefferson, chants of “overrated” resonated from the Jaguar student section. Whether they were meant for South, or future Gopher Mitch Leidner is uncertain, but what is certain is that the chants were poorly aimed.
Leidner quickly answered the jeers by hitting star receiver Matt Heller on a deep loop route; shortly followed by a touchdown pass to Devon Bzoskie. On their next offensive drive, Leidner found Heller deep once again, this time it was a spectacular diving catch that put South deep into Jefferson territory. Heller then corralled a 12-yard bullet from Leidner in between two defenders to make it 14-0.
Jefferson had trouble doing anything offensively all night. After the Heller score, Bloomington fumbled on the first play of the following drive, which was recovered by Cougar safety Ross Curran. South didn’t waste any time adding to their lead. A couple plays later, Leidner connected with Heller again on a short crossing route over the middle of the field. Heller evaded a handful of Jefferson tacklers during his 36-yard scamper to the endzone. The score gave Heller his seventh touchdown catch of the season, tied for most in the state. He finished the game with four catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns.
Lakeville controlled the ball for almost the entire second quarter due to their strong running game. Chris Moore, Austin Britnell, and Jordan Johnson combined for 18 carries and 127 rushing yards, most of which came in the first half. Moore, Britnell, and senior runningback Joel Williams each had touchdowns on the ground in the second quarter. Williams’ score came after Bzoskie caught a deep ball on a go route from Leidner, their last action of the game. Bzoskie had five receptions and 75 yards for the night; Leidner completed ten of fifteen pass attempts and had 201 passing yards to go along with his three touchdown passes.
South’s defense was as strong as ever against the ‘Wing-T” offense of Jefferson. Bloomington was only able to gain a total of 153 yards of offense, only seven of which came through the air. Lakeville’s prodigious pass rush allowed Jefferson quarterback Antonio Robinson to attempt just one pass all night. This pass completion didn’t occur until well into the second half, when most of the South defensive starters were watching from the sideline. Jefferson’s only score came on a 15-yard touchdown run from tailback Trey Blanchard.
Lakeville South takes its undefeated record back home to play Rosemount next week as it enters the tough stretch of the season’s schedule. Rosemount was formerly ranked in the Top 10 in the state before their 28-7 loss to Lakeville North Friday night.
By Luke Sleeper
Luke Sleeper is a contributor to KCHKRadio.net