Blake Storholm doesn't talk much. The Rosemount senior running back didn't have to Friday night, letting his play speak for him.
Storholm rushed 30 times for a 131 yards and three touchdowns, all career-highs, lifting the Irish to a 35-27 victory over previously undefeated Lakeville North.
The victory was the 15th in a row at home for the Irish (7-1), ranked No. 7 in Class 6A. It earned them a bit of revenge from 2014, when Lakeville North ended their season in the state quarterfinals.
"We wanted it bad," Storholm said. "We all wanted to beat them."
Those 10 words constituted Storholm's longest sentences of the night. Like his running style, it wasn't flashy but it spoke volumes. He had only two runs longer than 10 yards. But he consistently picked up positive yardage and never gave Lakeville North's ball-hawking defense a chance to knock it out of his grasp.
"He wasn't the focus," Rosemount coach Jeff Erdmann said. "Whoever gets the ball is a function of our offense. But he played very well, and you know the best thing about Storholm? Ball security. We were a plus-3 in the turnover department."
Lakeville North (7-1) was the mistake-prone team Friday. The first half was unlike anything the Panthers had experienced all season. They made a season's worth of mistakes before halftime and Rosemount took advantage of all of them en route to a 28-14 lead. It was the first time Lakeville North trailed at the break all season.
Panthers quarterback Drew Stewart connected with receiver David Lindstrand on a gorgeous 38-yard touchdown to take a 7-0 lead. Stewart also threw an interception, fumbled while being sacked and was called for intentional grounding in the final stages of the second quarter. In each instance, Rosemount scored soon after.
Storholm scored two of those Rosemount touchdowns, on runs of 3 and 12 yards. He added another in the second half, bulling his way in from 6 yards out. That score put the Irish back up by two touchdowns, 35-20, after Lakeville North had cut the deficit to eight on a one-yard run by Reid Saarela. North added a late touchdown with nine seconds left.
"We just got beat," Lakeville North coach Brian Vossen said. "Tonight, they were better."