A look at some of Thursday night’s high school football games involving East Metro teams:
Lakeville South (6-0) vs. Shakopee (5-1), at Shakopee West Middle School, 7 p.m.
Shakopee injured quarterback Dominic Jackson in a 23-0 loss to Eden Prairie last week, and now he must pieces in a hurry before scoring a goal against the top team in the state. Not a single Lakeville South win has really appeared in doubt so far this season, with the Cougars winning every game by double digits. The defense has proven to be as good in every way as the Cougar’s explosive fleeing offense. our choice: Lakeville South 27, Shakopee 7
Lakeville North (2-4) at Farmington (3-3), 7 p.m.
Freshman quarterback Riley Grossman’s entry helped spark the Panthers’ offense in Lakeville North’s 46-20 win over Edina last week. Grossman provided a more valid passing threat, throwing for 171 yards after being locked in three of Lakeville North’s last four games. But will Lakeville be able to maintain North Farmington’s balanced offense? our choice: Farmington 21, Lakeville North 14
Rosemount (3-3) Prior Lake (3-3), 7 p.m.
Rosemount has had three straight losses since a 3–0 start to the season, the product of a steady offense that has garnered a total of 20 points from those three losses. If the timing is right, it’s against a Prior Lake defense that hasn’t been effective since Hopkins was locked in the season opener. However, the credit goes to the Lakers for being within score for Lakeville South in the second half of last week. our choice: Rosemount 17, Prior Lake 10
Two Rivers (0-6) vs. Cretin-Derham Hall (1-5), in Concordia-St. Paul, 7:30 p.m.
The two teams need a win, perhaps the 22 points Two Rivers scored in the fourth quarter of a loss to Hastings last week, that will spark the Warriors into the final leg of the season. Crettin-Derham Hall looks to be rebounding from his latest heartbreak, as he surrendered a last-minute 1 point lead against Irondale last week. our choice: Cretin-Derham Hall 35, Two Rivers 20