There was no stopping the one-two running punch of Jackson Martens and Steph Olson Sept. 23.
The senior running backs combined for 325 rushing yards and three touchdowns in leading the Burnsville football team to a 31-21 South Suburban Conference home win over Apple Valley in an East Metro District White Division game.
Martens carried the ball 28 times for 174 yards and two scores, including a 51-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter that put the Blaze up 31-14. Olson ran 15 times for 151 yards, opening the third quarter with an 80-yard touchdown run that broke a 14-14 tie at the break.
Olson also had six tackles and two sacks, while Martens had four tackles and a pass break up near the end zone on fourth down in the third quarter with the Blaze up by a touchdown
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.
The Blaze (3-1 overall) had 337 total yards on the ground in beating Apple Valley, while senior Andrew Hanson completed 5 of 10 passes for 82 yards, including two to senior Jake Shepley for 85 yards.
Hanson scored on a 1-yard run in the first quarter for the Blaze's first touchdown. Martens had a 10-yard touchdown in the second quarter to give the Blaze a 14-7 lead.
Apple Valley tied the game with 1:31 before the break on a 35-yard scoring strike.
To open the third quarter, Olson took pitch heading left, cut back to the right and through the middle against the grain, darted toward the sidelines and raced 80 yards for the score.
Junior Jake Boatman made it 24-14 connecting on a 24-yard field goal on the first play of the fourth quarter. He also was 4 for 4 on extra points for the Blaze.
Sophomore Marcus Shepley and senior Jared Shearer both had six tackles for Burnsville, while Shepley also had an interception. Senior Alex Garlington added four tackles.
The Blaze will return to the field Sept. 30, playing at Farmington in a White Division game at 7 p.m. The Tigers dropped to 1-3 on the season with a 42-28 loss at No. 2-ranked Lakeville North in Week 4.
Burnsville lost 28-7 to the Panthers on the road in Week 3.
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