If the Panthers football team wanted a game to learn from, Friday night was it struggling to a 17-13 win over the Blaze.
After Lakeville North’s second possession, their offense seemed to go away with the night. Panther quarterback Trey Heid had to fight the entire night. The Burnsville defense that seemingly contained Heid’s typical desire to roll out, forced the state’s top passer into three interceptions. The Panther’s would finish with a total of four turnovers on the night. The Blaze found the endzone twice off turnovers and could’ve put up more, probably should’ve put up more.
The Panthers came out firing out of the gate. Two red zone appearances on their first two possessions. Culminating in 10 points. A field goal from Heid, then he found Charlie Hayes for a 11 yard touchdown, taking a 10-0 lead after the first quarter.
Then the second quarter comes around.
The Panthers surrender three turnovers on consecutive possessions. Heid would get picked off twice and a fumble by running back Brandon Morgan. Twice the Blaze took possession inside the redzone and got into the endzone.
The Panthers offense was stunted. Unable to get any type of consistency or momentum going. Heid and his receivers didn’t seem to be on the same page all night.
On the Panthers final possession of the first half, the offense seemed to gel, if not for the only time Friday night. The Panthers moved down the field and Heid hit wide receiver David Macura 32 yards out for a touchdown. Giving Lakeville North a 17-14 lead with 29 seconds left to go in the half.
There was no scoring in the second half.
The capacity home crowd at Lakeville North high school was quiet for most of the night. Slightly disconcerting, especially when take into account the night marked homecoming for the Panthers.
“Do we want to by a thousand? You bet,” says Panther’s Coach Brian Vossen following the game, “We got humbled, I think, at the perfect time in our season and we still get a win.”
That perfect time being that the Panthers will host cross-town rival Lakeville South next week. The Cougars put up a low offensive mark Friday night as well, topping Rosemount 17-0.
With the win the 17-14 win, the Panthers improve to 5-0.
Burnsville, with the loss, drops to 1-4 and will host Eastview next week.
By Kyle Zander