The Prior Lake football team put up a good fight, but not enough to pull off the upset Oct. 7.
The Lakers hung with top-ranked and unbeaten Lakeville South all game, but in the end the Cougars made enough big plays to earn a 25-13 home victory.
Prior Lake dropped to 3-3 overall with two games left in the regular season — versus Rosemount (Oct. 14) and home to Park (Oct. 20).
The Class 6A playoffs will start Oct. 29. Will the Lakers get a home playoff game in the first round? They will likely needed to win out and perhaps get some help.
Prior Lake is seeded with seven other Section 6 teams, including No. 2 Shakopee (5-1), No. 3 Eden Prairie (5-1), No. 8 Minnetonka (5-1) and No. 5 Wayzata (4-2). Burnsville (1-5), Edina (0-6) and Hopkins (0-6) are also in the section.
The last time Prior Lake started the playoffs on the road was in 2008 when they lost 35-13 at Apple Valley.
In the loss to Lakeville South, the Lakers opened the scoring with a 20-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Kyle Haas to junior Grayson Spronk. But the Cougars had an answer, scoring on 65- and 55-yard touchdown runs to go 12-7.
Lakeville South made it 18-7 scoring on its first possession of the third quarter. The Lakers answered that score on Spronk’s second touchdown, scoring from four yards out.
However, the Cougars made it a two-score game again (25-13) with another long touchdown, a 63-yard run near the end of the third quarter.
Prior Lake’s defense has struggled giving up big plays this season. It has given up seven touchdown of 50 or more yards in its first six games.
Spronk finished with 85 yards on 19 carries against Lakeville South. He also caught three passes for 24 yards.
Senior quarterback Kyle Haas completed 5 of 8 passes for 48 yards. Junior Joey Krouse had 10 carries for 33 yards and two catches for 24 yards.
Senior Carter Berggren led Prior Lake’s defense with 11 tackles, while seniors Cole Edwards and Ryan Schultze and junior Aidan Gegenheimer each had 10. Junior Aidan McGowan and senior Cole Clausen both had eight.