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Prep Blog: Week 2, Previewing ‘The Big 4’

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – It’s Week 2 of the high school football season, and by the time games wrap up Friday night most programs will have an idea how their season will go compared to the expectations they set when fall practices started.

Week 2 is about correcting typical mistakes that are made in the first game. It’s also about emphasizing what you’re good at and making it better. Here are our “Big 4” for Friday night.

Park Center (0-1) at Osseo (0-1)

It’s the featured “Game of the Week” for WCCO-TV’s High School Sports Rally as long-time Osseo coach John Hansen will be honored before the 5 p.m. game on Friday. Osseo is renaming its stadium in honor of Hansen, who coached there for 40 years and was also a music instructor before retiring in 1992.

On the football front, both the Pirates and the Orioles will be looking for their first win of the season. Osseo entered the year ranked No. 7 in 5A and lost a 37-35 shoot-out to Centennial last week. Park Center lost 41-7 to Anoka in Ricky Foggie’s coaching debut.

Cretin-Derham Hall (1-0) at Mounds View (1-0)

The Raiders and Mustangs square off in one of the biggest match-ups of the night in a Suburban East Conference clash. It’s also a rematch of a state quarterfinal from last year, where Mounds View pulled off a 21-7 upset. Mounds View held off Hastings 13-6 last week to win its opener, while Cretin’s defense was tough in a 27-6 win over East Ridge. It looks to be a great rivalry game early in the season.

Totino-Grace (0-1) at Benilde-St. Margaret’s (1-0)

It will be a battle of private schools Friday night in St. Louis Park as the Eagles face the Red Knights. After winning the 4A title last year, Totino-Grace got a rough welcome to the 5A world with a 28-0 loss at Minnetonka last week to open the season. Benilde won a 48-34 roller-coaster game over Robbinsdale Cooper to start on a positive note. Totino-Grace has yet to lose a game in this rivalry, but the last few match-ups have been shoot-out affairs that have gone down to the wire. The Eagles beat Benilde in the regular season last year and in the section playoffs. It should be a high-intensity match-up in the North Suburban Conference.

St. Michael-Albertville (1-0) at Becker (1-0)

One of the great developing rivalries in the Mississippi Eight Conference is between the St. Michael-Albertville Knights and the Becker Bulldogs. Becker used six touchdown passes from Tommy Benson to beat Buffalo 42-33 last week. The Knights used a balanced rushing attack with three different players scoring to shut out Princeton 21-0 last week. The game should be a great test for both teams on each side of the ball, and it’s one of those that is too close to call in pregame prognostication.

As always, tune in to WCCO-TV’s High School Sports Rally at about 10:20 p.m. Friday with Mike Max, Frank Vascellaro and John Lauritsen, who will be reporting from the Osseo/Park Center game.

Jottings: Wayzata will be without one of its star players the rest of the season. Running back Mitch Underhill, a junior, tore his ACL during the second quarter of the Trojans’ 47-20 win over Prior Lake. Underhill broke out in last year’s Prep Bowl with 247 yards on 12 carries and four touchdowns in a win over Rosemount.

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