Lakers' defense implodes in a 53-14 loss The Prior Lake football team's defense imploded in its South Suburban Conference home game Oct. 15. Lakeville South went nuts on the Lakers, scoring four times in the first quarter and tallying six touchdowns in the first half en route to a 53-14 victory. Prior Lake dropped to 4-3 overall with its second straight loss. The defense has allowed 94 points in the last two games and 601 passing yards. The Lakers will close out the regular season Wednesday, Oct. 20 at Lakeville North (5-2) in a conference game at 7 p.m. Prior Lake is looking locked in to the No. 3 seed for the Section 3AAAAA playoffs, which start Oct. 26. Burnsville (3-4) could win their last game to get to .500, but the Lakers beat the Blaze in Week 4. by one point (34-33). Prior Lake could sneak into the No. 2 seed with a win, but Eastview (4-3) would likely have to lose at home to winless Jefferson (0-7) for that to happen. Fourth-ranked Rosemount (7-0) will be the No. 1 seed. Other teams in the field are Bloomington Kennedy (2-5), Apple Valley (1-6) and Jefferson. The Lakers' first-round section opponent looks to be either Kennedy or Apple Valley. Those two teams meet in the final week. Prior Lake has beaten both this season on game-winning field goals from junior Kirk Lair - 17-14 in overtime of Apple Valley in the first week and 23-21 and on a 40-yarder as time expired against Kennedy in Week 5. In the loss to Lakeville South, the Cougars scored on an 80-yard touchdown pass on their first possession to start the onslaught. Lakeville South quarterback Mitch Leidner completed 15 of 20 passes for 292 yards and four scores. He also had two rushing touchdowns, leading the Cougars on touchdown drives on their first five posessions. Prior Lake trailed 39-14 at the break, scoring both of its touchdowns in the final three minutes of the first half. Senior Tyler Maxwell ran 40 yards for a touchdown, which put him over 900 yards for the season. He went into the game with 852 yards rushing. The Lakers recovered an onsick after their score, which led to their second touchdown. Junior Matt Arends caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from senior quarter Josh Bolks and fourth and goal. Arends finished with 106 yards on six catches. He's caught all six of the Lakers' touchdown passes this season and has 21 catches for 361 yards on the year.
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