The Burnsville football team got into the win column Sept. 10, but then followed with a tough road loss.
The Blaze (1-2 overall) scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter in a 14-7 home win over Hopkins, but only scored once in a 24-7 setback at Anoka Sept. 17.
Senior receiver Jay Homuth was leading Burnsville in touchdowns through three weeks with three, all through the air. He has eight catches for 149 yards.
Homuth caught a 43-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Sterling Brown against Hopkins to give the Blaze a 7-0 lead. Senior Karsten Tompkins made it 14-0 with 3:26 left to play with an 11-yard scoring run.
Hopkins made it interesting down the stretch with a touchdown with 2:26 left to play. But Burnsville was able to hold off the Royals for the win.
Homuth finished the game with two catches for 52 yards. Those were only two completions for Brown.
Senior Colton Gregersen powered the Blaze’s offense most of the game, rushing 16 times for 131 yards.
Defensively, Tompkins and Gregersen led the way in tackles with 14 and 10, respectively. Seniors Dylan Fischer and Brandon Montgomery both had six tackles, while sophomore Markeese Howard also had six tackles and an interception.
In the loss to Anoka, Burnsville gave up all 24 points in the fourth quarter. The Blaze led 7-0 at halftime. Brown connected with Howard on an 8-yard scoring strike in the second quarter.
The game swung midway through the fourth quarter. Anoka took a 8-7 lead with a touchdown and a two-point conversion, then followed with a safety. On the ensuing kickoff after the safety, Elijah Paulson returned it 62 yards for a score to put the Tornadoes up 17-7.
Anoka added a 28-yard scoring run with 5:05 to play to put Burnsville away.
Brown finished 6 of 19 passing for 94 yards. Senior Christian Belt led the team on the ground with 15 carries for 54 yards. Homuth caught three passes for 46 yards.
Gregersen and senior Zach Schneider led the defense with six tackles apiece. Gregersen also had an interception and two sacks.
Burnsville’s final three regular season games are against South Suburban Conference teams — versus Eastview (Oct. 8), at Eagan (Oct. 15) and at No. 4 Rosemount (Oct. 20).
The Class 6A playoffs start Oct. 29.