Nick’s Notebook: Stewart needs to return to turnover-free football this week

Photo by Nick Lieser
Photo by Nick Lieser

Drew Stewart played uncharacteristically against Apple Valley.

The senior quarterback threw three interceptions against the Eagles after throwing one interception in the first six games combined. He also didn’t throw any touchdowns in the 28-7 victory over the Eagles–something he hasn’t done since the first game of the season vs East Ridge.

Although his performance wasn’t desirable, Stewart may benefit long-term.

“When you don’t have a perfect night, it re-charges you and gives you that focus you need to go play against another good football team,” said Brian Vossen, Lakeville North’s coach.  

Stewart and the 7-0 Panthers face one of those teams this week in Rosemount (6-1). And if Stewart has another game with three interceptions, Lakeville North won’t likely come away with the victory.

The Irish feature a stout defense, which has given up 9.6 points per game through seven games. They have intercepted six passes, forced three fumbles and recorded eight sacks.

Fortunately for the Panthers, their strength is their offense. They average a subdistrict-high 36.1 points per game and feature a 12 touchdown running back in Wade Sullivan and an eight touchdown receiver in Nick Fossey. Not to mention, the offensive line is playing at a high-level as a whole.

Against Rosemount, Lakeville North will need to minimize turnovers as it has most of the season, only turning the ball over four times through seven games.

“We have done a great job all season protecting the ball,” Vossen said. “I’m glad we had (the turnovers against Apple Valley) and not (against Rosemount).”

Lakeville North is guaranteed a share of the East Metro White subdistrict title no matter the outcome, but the Panthers can win the district outright with a victory against the Irish. Prepare for a tough-fought game between a top offense and defense.

Other news and notes

–After being ranked No. 1 in the state this week, the Lakeville North girls’ soccer team is now ranked No. 2 in the nation by The Panthers (11-1) are also in first place of the South Suburban Conference, which is arguably the toughest conference in the state.

–Nathan Reuvers, a 6-foot-10 junior power forward, just got back from an unofficial visit to Northwestern University. Tonight, Boston University is set to watch him at the Lakeville North open gym. BU is one of 14 schools to have offered Reuvers with more likely on the way.

–Speaking of offers, senior forward Carter Brooks picked up an offer from Minnesota State University Moorhead today, per a report.

–The first round of section football play will be played on Friday the 16th. This is during MEA break, unlike previous years. Lakeville North will likely have either the first or second seed, so expect a home game next Friday.

I’ll have updates all evening from the sideline of the Lakeville North, Rosemount game. I’ll have Twitter, Snapchat and Periscope coverage, so make sure to download all three.

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