Lakeville North ousts Mustangs from football playoffs

A 21-point loss in the playoffs isn’t the way anyone wants to see a season end. That’s how the Mounds View High School football team’s 2016 campaign came to a close last week but head coach Jim Galvin was pleased with the season despite the defeat.

A year after Mounds View finished 4-5 and lost in the first round of the post-season, the Mustangs bounced back to win seven games and advance to the second round of the playoffs.

“Going 7-3 was awesome,” said Mounds View head coach Jim Galvin. “We had some great victories. We’re happy with the season.”

Through the first six games of the 2016 season, Mounds View was 4-2, the same record it had at that spot a year ago. In 2015, the Mustangs then lost their last three games to finish below .500 for the first time in more than 15 years.

Mounds View changed things up over the final two weeks of the regular season and the first round of the playoffs this year. Following a tough night against Stillwater in week six, the Mustangs bounced back to edge Woodbury and beat Cretin-Derham Hall in weeks seven and eight, respectively.

That finish to the regular season helped the Mustangs earn a home game in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs and they made the most of the opportunity. Mounds View rolled to a 35-16 win over Osseo to earn a second-round game at Lakeville North.

Lakeville North was seeded second in its section and only because it lost in triple overtime to No. 1 seed Rosemount in the final week of the regular season. The Panthers could easily be a top seed and showed why in beating Mounds View.

After turning the ball over on its first two drives, Lakeville North scored touchdowns on its next three to take a 21-10 lead to the locker room at halftime. The Panthers then tacked on 10 more points in the second half for a 31-10 victory.

Wade Sullivan did most of the damage for Lakeville North as he rushed the ball 43 times for 273 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Sullivan also threw a pass, completing it for a 30-yard gain in the second half.

“They kept handing the ball off to (Sullivan) there and he’s a good player,” Galvin said. “They’re just a very good football team.”

Lakeville quarterback Reed Smith was very efficient as he completed eight of 10 passes for 125 yards.

Defensively, the Panthers bottled up Mounds View most of the game. The Mustangs’ first three points came on Trevor Redmond’s 34-yard field goal that followed a 63-yard interception return by Ty Koehn.

On Mounds View’s first four drives of the game, it gained only one first down. The Mustangs’ best drive came near the end of the first half as they went 78 yards in seven plays. The possession was capped by a 22-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Nickel to Redmond. Nickel also threw a 10-yard completion to Chris Kim and a 20-yard strike to Max Janes on the drive.

In the second half, Mounds View drove deep into Lakeville territory twice but both drives ended with interceptions.

“We were hoping to keep it a little bit closer and win the thing in the end but it wasn’t to be,” said Galvin.

Even though the season ended on a down note, Galvin was positive as he reflected.

“Like coach (Matt) Goldsmith said, we’d buy the ticket and ride it all over again,” said Galvin. “Even if we knew it would end like this, we’d do it all over again.”

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

 

Class 6A football playoffs

Second round

Game 17  Totino-Grace 41, Hopkins 0

Game 18  Lakeville North 31, Mounds View 10

Game 19  Blaine 21, Prior Lake 17

Game 20  Minnetonka 35, Burnsville 21

Game 21  Eden Prairie 41, Cretin-Derham Hall 7

Game 22  Maple Grove 21, Edina 17

Game 23  Rosemount 18, Centennial 13

Game 24  Champlin Park 35, East Ridge 33

 

State quarterfinals, 7 p.m. 

Nov. 10

Game 25  Lakeville North vs. Totino-Grace  at Edina Community Center

Game 26  Minnetonka vs. Blaine  at Park Center High School

Nov. 11

Game 27  Maple Grove vs. Eden Prairie at Chanhassen High School

Game 28  Champlin Park vs. Rosemount at Woodbury High School

 

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