Posted On: 10/6/19 8:14 PM

It was a 6A top ten battle in the city of Lakeville on Friday night. The undefeated Lakeville North Panthers played host to crosstown rival and once-beaten Lakeville South Cougars. When the night was done, the number one ranked, defending state champions had fallen, and the Cougars had their first win over North in ten years. Who stood out on an individual basis for both Lakeville squads?
Riley Mahlman Lakeville South TE/DE
If not the top junior in the state, Mahlman is close, and he showed why. As a tight end, he was part of a rushing attack that gashed the Panthers' defense repeatedly. He is a big, physical blocker who has the feet to deal with outside defenders. On defense, he was aggressive when he needed to be, but he was instrumental in containing North quarterback Raja Nelson. Mahlman did a great job getting off blocks and using his leverage to keep the athletic quarterback from getting outside. The Panthers tried to run a reverse at Mahlman, but he stayed at home and forced the runner out wide so his teammates could make the play. Late in the game, Mahlman drew a

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