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Blaze escapes with opening win

09/02/2016, 2:45pm CDT
By Tom Schardin,

Olson sparks 20-14 victory at Roseville

Steph Olson took charge in the Burnsville football team's season opener Sept. 1.

The senior had two rushing touchdowns and two interceptions as the Blaze escaped Roseville with a 20-14 victory. Olson carried 18 times for 78 yards and three caught passes for 15 yards.

However, it was senior Jackson Martens who scored the game-winning touchdown. He scored from two yards out late in the fourth quarter to put the Blaze up 20-14.

Martens finished with 71 yards on 15 carries and added two catches for 35 yards. The Blaze rushed for 170 total yards, while senior quarterback Andrew Hanson went 8 of 17 passes for 93 yards in his first-career start.

Olson scored on a 5-yard touchdown run in the first quarter that tied the game at 6-6. Roseville led 14-6 at the break, before Olson struck again in the third quarter.

He scored from seven yards and Hanson added the two-point conversion run to tie things up heading into the final quarter.

Olson and Martens were both selected to KARE 11's preseason all-metro team on the defensive side of the ball as a linebacker and safety, respectively. They both were a big part of the Blaze's 9-2 team last year that earned its first state berth since 1995.

Burnsville will look to go to 2-0 when it faces Lakeville South in its home opener Sept. 9 in East Metro District White Division play at 7 p.m. The Cougars lost a on last-second pass in their opener, falling 19-14 at home to Cretin-Derham Hall.

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