Football loses to Prior Lake on two point conversion

Olivia Taylor, Sports Writer

The football team fell to Prior Lake last Friday night, finishing with a heartbreaking score of 14-15 and bringing Eagan’s record to three wins and three losses. Still, the evening was special for a handful of reasons. In addition to being senior night and the last home game of the regular season, it was also the annual “Pink-Out”, which – at its core – refers specifically to breast cancer awareness month in October. However, it seems to have evolved and taken on new meaning over the past few years as a way to show support for those in the community fighting any type of cancer.

It’s pretty insane thinking that that could be our last game in Wildcat Stadium.”

— Isaiah Pritzl

All clad in pink, the fans came out to support our boys on the field as well as cancer awareness. Up until the last few minutes, the game had Eagan supporters’ hopes high. The Wildcats led 14-7 going into the fourth quarter, but a touchdown and two-point conversion enabled the Lakers to edge past Eagan as time wound down. Senior captain Jake Ossell said that even though giving up the lead and failing to score in the last drive was tough for Eagan, he was impressed by their ability to hang with Prior Lake, who was ranked seventh in the state at the time.

Senior offensive lineman Isaiah Pritzl agreed. He stated that a highlight was “Being able to have some explosive plays, especially against a good team like Prior Lake.” He added, “It’s pretty insane thinking that that could be our last game in Wildcat Stadium, but we’re hoping that we will host a playoff game.”

This Friday, the Wildcats will play one of their two remaining regular-season contests at Shakopee. When discussing how the team was preparing, Ossell shared, “We always have hard practices on Mondays to get back into it. Shakopee has a pretty weird offense, so we’ll do a lot of game planning. Our coaches are running us through new formations. We have good leaders and good coaches, so we’ll rebound strong this week and I think we’ll be all right.”