Jackson Martens and Steph Olson Jr. are multitaskers for Burnsville, taking turns at running back while also playing key roles on the Blaze’s defense.
Last Friday, they added quarterback to their job descriptions. After starting quarterback Andrew Hanson departed in the first quarter because of an ankle injury, Martens and Olson took over, each running the offense out of the Wildcat formation. Olson threw two touchdown passes, while Martens threw for one and ran for one as Burnsville improved to 4-1 overall last Friday at Farmington High School.
The Blaze scored two touchdowns in the second quarter to take a lead it would not relinquish.
Olson threw touchdown passes of 20 and 32 yards to senior Jake Shepley. Martens rushed for 119 yards, including a 31-yard run in the fourth quarter for Burnsville’s final touchdown. Martens completed two passes for 67 yards, both shovel passes to Tre Thomas, one of which Thomas turned into an 18-yard touchdown. Jake Boatman kicked four extra points and a 22-yard field goal.
Farmington quarterback Kole Hinrichsen passed for 179 yards and two scores and rushed for one touchdown. But the Tigers’ running game was largely ineffective – 56 yards on 31 carries – and they committed three turnovers as they fell to 1-4 overall.
Farmington kicker Adam Weed opened the scoring with a 25-yard field goal in the first quarter, which wound up being the only time the Tigers would lead. Hinrichsen threw touchdown passes of 21 yards to Isaac Ferm and 8 yards to James Seivert. Ferm and Seivert combined for 10 catches and 139 receiving yards. Hinrichsen also scored on a 10-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Linebacker Brock Mogensen had 19 tackles and defensive back Darby Grengs had 13 for the Farmington defense. Shepley and defensive back Jared Shearer made eight stops each to lead the Burnsville defense. Shearer and Isaiah Hairston intercepted passes for the Blaze, and DeShawn Wallace recovered a fumble.
Burnsville plays host to Eagan (0-5) in an East Metro White subdistrict game at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7. The same night, Farmington travels to subdistrict co-leader Rosemount (5-0) for a 7 p.m. kickoff.