We’re already to week 3 of the High School football season.  The temps don’t show it but halfway through September means it’s time to separate the contenders from the pretenders.  Here’s the rundown for Week 3 on the WCCO Radio Rally!

WCCO Radio Power Poll Week 3:

1. Eden Prairie: 2-0 after clobbering Elk River and a solid win over a strong Prior Lake team 35-21 (at Totino-Grace 9/12)
2. East Ridge; 2-0 and dominant wins over White Bear Lake and Roseville to open the season (at Woodbury 9/13)
3. Minnetonka: 3-0 after a tight, 3-point win over Osseo 31-28 (vs. Bloomington-Jefferson 9/12)
4. Totino Grace: A huge win on the road at Edina 28-7 brings the Eagles to 2-0 but a monster matchup with Eden Prairie awaits (vs. Eden Prairie 9/12)
5. Maple Grove: Good wins over Armstrong and Hopkins with running back Tahi Nomane leading the way (vs. Elk River 9/13)
6. Lakeville North: Maybe a surprising 2-0 with wins over arch-rival Lakeville South and Bloomington Kennedy on their resume (vs. Eastview 9/13)
7. Andover: 2-0 after blasting Champlin Park and Anoka in the first two weeks…QB Connor Wilkie has 8 TD passes already! (vs. Coon Rapids 9/13)
8. Hutchinson: 2-0 and rolled over rival Glencoe-Silver Lake last week 36-7.  Next up is a game in Kansas (at Haysville Campus, Wichita, KS 9/13)
9. Mahtomedi: Drilled Richfield last week 62-7 to go 2-0 (vs. North St. Paul 9/13)
10. Owatonna: 2-0 start for Big 9 Conference favorites (at Mankato-West 9/13)

Honorable Mention…
Stillwater (2-0 start for the Ponies with a huge game against Cretin-Derham Hall Friday)
Bloomington Jefferson (2-0 start for Jaguars but a chance to prove themselves at Minnetonka Thursday)
Mankato West (2-0 start for perennial Big 9 power and a big game Friday against Owatonna)

The US Army Reserves MVP of the Week:
Maple Grove running back Tahi Nomane. The 5’11”, 208 lb. senior had 28 carries for 296 yards and one touchdown in the Crimson win at Hopkins Friday night 23-14. In the opener against Armstrong, Nomane scored 4 touchdowns and piled up 246 yards on just 11 carries.  Next for Nomane and the Crimson is Elk River!

Key Games of the Week presented by Chris Rooney Home Experts, “Selling Every Lifestyle”
Totino-Grace vs. Eden Prairie (5A State Champ meets 6A State Champ)
Bloomington Jefferson at Minnetonka (battle of unbeatens)

Owatonna at Mankato West (Big 9 Showdown)
Stillwater vs. Cretin-Derham Hall (Suburban East Tilt at St. Thomas- Shown on ESPN)
Orono at Hutchinson (Big Wright County tilt)
South St. Paul at Irondale (battle of unbeatens)
East Ridge vs. Woodbury (Huge rivalry game)

Tune in Friday night from 8:00-Midnight on News Radio 830 WCCO for Steve Thomson, Mike Max, Dave Lee, Sid Hartman and more as they bring you all the scores, game updates, interviews and more on the WCCO Radio Rally!


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