Burnsville at Rosemount, 7 p.m.
Blaze at a glance
Rosemount suffered its first loss this season against Farmington; defeating the Tigers cost Burnsville much more.
Starting quarterback Andrew Hanson broke his foot in the Farmington game on Sept. 30 and is out for the season. Without Hanson, the Blaze must lean even harder on its playmaking fleet.
Jackson Martens, Steph Olson Jr. and Jake Shepley “are special athletes who turn plays where it looks like there’s nothing there into something,” Burnsville coach Tyler Krebs said. “They give us a chance to win any night.”
Martens and Olson have combined for more than 1,000 rushing yards and added 11 touchdowns. Four of Shepley’s eight catches have gone for touchdowns. Defensively, Martens and Olson rank first and second on the team in tackles. Shepley (four interceptions) will be assigned to slow Rosemount’s Griffin Lanoue (16 catches for 357 yards and five touchdowns).
“They’ve got a lot of athletes, but if we play disciplined we’ll be able to put up a good fight,” Lanoue said.
Senior Isiaah Harston, the new guy under center, impressed Krebs last week against Eagan with good decision-making, command of the huddle and no turnovers. DeShawn Wallace took Harston’s vacated cornerback spot and played well.
David La Vaque