There was definitely electricity in the air during Friday’s game at Pates Stadium. Nevertheless, the Prior Lake football team played the role of spoiler on Friday evening during Burnsville’s homecoming game, defeating the Blaze 13-10.
Playing in front of a packed house, both teams played a tight and competitive game. A few key penalties kept the Blaze out of the endzone in the first half. It appeared as though Burnsville would score the game’s first touchdown on a long run by Jalen Dyson, but the play was called back on a penalty.
During a drive late in the second quarter, quarterback Dan Motl scrambled to reach the corner of the endzone nearest the Burnsville sideline. But again, the play was called back on a penalty on the Blaze. Continuing the drive, the Blaze got into the red zone, but settled for a field goal to make the score 7-3 in favor of Prior Lake.
Prior Lake scored earlier in the game by blocking Evan Voxland’s punt deep in Burnsville territory. Jordan Larson of Prior Lake recovered the block punt and took the ball down to the one-yard line. A few plays later, Prior Lake punched the ball into the endzone for the game’s first touchdown.
Prior Lake’s defense held the speed of the Blaze in check, even though Burnsville was able to score again in the second half. In the end, the two touchdowns that were called back in the first half hurt the Blaze’s chances of winning. Prior Lake edged out the Burnsville team 13-10, making the difference of only a field goal between the two teams.
Burnsville, with a record of 1-3, will travel to Lakeville North next Friday, Sept. 30 to take on the undefeated Panthers.