MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – We are now halfway through the high school football season, and you can tell just by the weather that October isn’t far away.
The sun now sets close to the opening kickoff and temperatures get noticeably cooler. Throw in a little rain, or dare I say it, snow, and you’ve got yourself fall football weather.
Conference championship races are taking shape, but there’s still a lot to be determined in the last four weeks of the regular season. One thing is for sure: It’s going to be an interesting ride for some metro area leagues.
There were plenty of big performances this week, but we can only pick four. Here they are:
Montevideo QB Has Historic Night In Victory
Brett Bergeson has a story he can tell his children and eventually his grandchildren many years from now after the game he had Friday night against Albany. The Montevideo quarterback threw for 504 yards and seven touchdowns in a 56-49 win over Albany. The 504 yards, according to records with the Minnesota State Football Coaches Association, is the second most in state history. Both teams were undefeated heading into the contest, and Albany was ranked No. 2 in Class 3A. The win is what matters for Montevideo, but Bergeson is now the talk of the town and will be for some time.
Eagle Valley RB Runs All Over Randolph
The Eagle Valley football team (school located just south of Wadena) had a long bus trip to Randolph Friday night, but they would have been just as good jumping on the back of Jacob Schauer. The senior running back ran for 287 yards and four touchdowns as the Rebels remained unbeaten with a 62-14 win over Randolph. Schauer scored on a 64-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage to get the night started. He added other big scoring runs of 76 yards and 53 yards in the win. He’ll need to have another big night this week as Eagle Valley hosts Underwood, which has won three straight games after losing its opener.
Kennedy RB leads Eagles Past Eastview
Eastview has always been one of the top-tier teams in Class 5A, but that didn’t bother Bloomington Kennedy as the schools squared off in a South Suburban Conference battle on Friday. Lexis Jones led Kennedy’s ground game with 278 yards and two long touchdowns runs in the third quarter that helped the Eagles build a 31-10 lead. Kennedy also got a defensive touchdown and held on for a 31-24 victory. Jones has 539 yards rushing, three touchdowns and is averaging more than five yards per carry. The win over Eastview was their first of the season.
Anoka Uses Balanced Attack To Upset Blaine
Somebody forgot to tell the Anoka Tornadoes that Blaine is currently one of the top teams in the state. Either that, or they just didn’t care. Anoka racked up more than 500 yards of total offense, including 397 yards and four touchdowns on the ground, in a 59-32 win over the Bengals. Blaine entered the game the No. 6-ranked team in Class 5A. Ryan Rand rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns, and Josh Werness rushed for 113 yards and a pair of scores for the Tornadoes in the victory. The win creates a logjam at the top of the Northwest Suburban Conference, and Anoka is the lone undefeated team left.
Jottings: Sam Keif passed for 187 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for a touchdown as Holy Angels beat Chanhassen 35-33 to let the Stars stay unbeaten at 4-0. Detroit Lakes coach Flint Motschenbacher celebrated a milestone Friday night as his Lakers defeated Staples-Motley 40-15. It was his 100th career win as the program’s head coach. He now has a 100-41 record since 1998.
Be sure to tune into WCCO’s High School Sports Rally at 10:20 p.m. Friday for complete high school football coverage with Frank Vascellaro, Mike Max and John Lauritsen. This week we’ll be at a great battle featuring Minnetonka at Wayzata. Both teams are 4-0 and ranked in the top five in Class 5A. Wayzata won the 5A championship last year.