North Prevails in State Football Semifinal "Battle of Lakeville"

November 17, 2018 03:55 PM

Lakeville North created a rematch with Eden Prairie with the Class AAAAAA championship at stake following its 35-13 victory over Lakeville South in the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 16 at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Senior running back Brian Curtis, Jr., rushed for 214 yards on 25 carries and scored a touchdown while teammate RaJa Nelson, a junior wide receiver and back, rushed for 174 yards and three touchdowns to power the Panthers (12-0) into the big-school title game with Eden Prairie, the defending Class AAAAAA champion. In Week 2 of this season, Lakeville North recorded a 14-0 victory over Eden Prairie.

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Lakeville North compiled 420 rushing yards and averaged 7.2 yards per carry in defeating crosstown rival, South, for the second time this season. In Week 4, Lakeville North rolled to a 28-3 victory.

Junior running back Johnny Shabaz paced the Cougars (6-6) with 91 yards and briefly gave Lakeville South a lead following a 31-yard touchdown run.

Courtesy: Minnesota State High School League

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