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PL Football Keeps Foot On The Gas

09/23/2022, 5:30pm CDT
By Tom Schardin

The Prior Lake football team is off to a 3-0 start for the first time under long-time head coach Matt Gegenheimer.

Senior Grayson Spronk rumbled for 154 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns to lead the Lakers to a 24-9 victory at Edina Sept. 16.

Gegenheimer is in his 17th season leading Prior Lake. His teams have had five previous 2-0 starts but have never opened a season with three straight victories.

Since the Lakers were moved to the top football class at the start of the 2003-04 school year, the team has had a total six 2-0 starts (2005, 2010, 2015, 2018, 2019 and 2020).

Meanwhile, Prior Lake is 6-0 against Edina under Gegenheimer, including regular season wins the last four seasons.

Prior Lake dominated the Hornets last fall, winning 42-21. This time around, the Lakers led 14-3 after the first quarter and went up 17-3 in the third quarter on senior Logan Lehrer’s 27-yard field goal.

Edina cut the margin to eight points with a 70-yard scoring pass with 7:48 left in the fourth quarter. But junior Hunter MacGillivray put the game on ice for Prior Lake with a 3-yard touchdown run with 2:21 left to play.

Both of Spronk’s touchdowns came in the first quarter, on 11- and 45-yard runs, respectively. Spronk leads the Lakers in rushing through three weeks with 318 yards, while adding five touchdowns.

Prior Lake rushed for 245 yards in the game. Sophomore Levi Eiter chipped in five carries for 39 yards, while senior Joey Krouse had eight carries for 34 yards.

Senior quarterback Luke Crosby completed 4 of 11 passes for 39 yards. His longest completion was 16 yards to senior Trace Bowman.

Defensively against Edina, Prior Lake bent a little, but did not break. The Hornets passed for 282 yards and rushed for 134.

Senior Drew Hammerstrom led the Lakers with nine tackles while also picking off a pass. Senior Aidan McGowan had seven tackles, while seniors Jake Fier, Jack Gilbert, Marcus Adam and Aidan Gegenheimer all had six.

Through three weeks, McGowan leads the Lakers with 21 tackles. Seniors Martin Owusu and Bruce Soukup are tied for the sacks lead with two apiece.

Hammerstrom leads in interceptions with two.

Prior Lake took on Lakeville North (1-2) in Week 4 (Sept. 23) and follow with three tough contests starting Sept. 30 on the road against perennial power Eden Prairie.

The Eagles have also started 3-0, including a 21-6 home win Sept. 16 over the defending Class 6A state champions, Lakeville South.

Prior Lake will face Lakeville South (2-1) at home Oct. 7 and follow that with a game at Rosemount (3-0) Oct. 14. The Lakers’ end the regular season Oct. 19 versus Park (1-2).

The 32-team Class 6A football bracket will be released Oct. 20 online at mshsl.org.

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