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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
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Eden Prairie
Lakeville North

Prep Bowl XXXI Preview: Class 6A

By Ryan Phelps
Metrodome - Minneapolis, MN

Prep Bowl Previews

9M / 1A / 2A / 3A / 4A / 5A / 6A
 
State Brackets
9M / 1A / 2A / 3A / 4A / 5A / 6A
 
Where they rank
Eden Prairie: #3 in QRF, #7 in AP
Lakeville North: #6 in QRF, #4 in AP
 
Head to Head
9-12-08: EP Def. LV North 42-14 in regular season
9-14-07: EP def. LV North 34-3 in regular season
10-6-06: EP def. LV North 47-14 in regular season
10-7-05: EP def. LV North 15-0 in regular season
9-18-04: EP def. Lakeville 10-7 in regular season
 
Previous Prep Bowl Success
Eden Prairie: 7 wins (1996, 97, 00, 02, 06, 07, 11) in 8 championship games (1996, 97, 00, 02, 06, 07, 09, 11)
Lakeville North: 0 wins, first championship game under this name

ü  3 wins (1988, 92, 03) in 5 championship games as Lakeville (1987, 88, 91, 92, 03)

 
Points Per Game
Eden Prairie: 30.7 (#6 in 6A)
Lakeville North: 38.0 (#1 in 6A)
 
Points Against
Eden Prairie: 12.5 (#3 in 6A)
Lakeville North: 9.3 (#1 in 6A)
 
Margin of Victory
Eden Prairie: 18.2 (#3 in 6A)
Lakeville North: 28.8 (#1 in 6A)
 
Road to the Dome
Section finals: defeated Osseo, 28-18
State Quarterfinals: defeated Minnetonka, 21-18
State Semifinals: defeated Wayzata, 21-7
 
Section finals: defeated Roseville, 42-0
State Quarterfinals: defeated Prior Lake, 23-3
State Semifinals: defeated Rosemount, 28-7
 
The Skinny
[All statistics are current through the quarterfinals only]
The Panthers of Lakeville North, who were tied for No. 4 in the final AP poll, are making their second consecutive and fourth overall appearance. They lost in the quarterfinals last year and are still looking for their first title. The No 7-ranked Eagles of Eden Prairie are making their eighth consecutive and 16th overall appearance. They took top honors last year and also won titles in 1996, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2006, and 2007.
 
This year’s Lakeville North squad depends heavily on its ground game. Junior Jamiah Newell rushed for 19 touchdowns and tallied 1,142 yards on 159 carries. Senior quarterback Zach Creighton completed 66 percent of his passing attempts and connected for 1,464 yards and 15 touchdowns. Creighton doesn’t shy away from running either. He gained another 834 yards on the ground and rushed for five additional touchdowns. Senior Alex Wood and junior Gregory Menard paced the Panthers’ defense with 69 tackles apiece. Lakeville North averages 38.9 points per game while holding opponents to 9.5. Rosemount quarterback Jackson Erdmann was sacked five times in the Panthers’ 28-7 semifinal win.
 
This year’s Eden Prairie squad also has a stellar ground game. Junior Dan Fisher notched 669 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns on 110 attempts. Junior Charlie Venable added 725 yards and three rushing touchdowns on 101 carries. Senior quarterback Grant Shaeffer connected on 63 percent of his pass attempts for 261 yards and seven touchdowns. He tossed nine of those passes to junior Zach Hovey, who tallied six touchdowns and 177 yards. The Eagles averaged 31.5 points per game this year and their opponents averaged 13.0 against them. Eden Prairie averaged 4.1 yards per play in its 21-7 semifinal win over Wayzata and scored three out of four times within the red zone.
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