This week, everybody is in action and most teams will be playing their first games of the season. For a lot of players, it’s the first chance to run out on the field as a varsity football player under the Friday night lights. It’s a thrill for any high school football player.
For as many as 21 Minnesota football teams, they’ve been practicing for two full weeks now, and all that hard work will be on display Friday night. It’s “Zero Week” in prep football around the state, meaning that high school football is already kicking off officially.
We’re less than two weeks away from the start of the regular season in high school football across the state. That means teams have gone from tryouts to solidifying rosters and getting ready for that all-important season opener. This year, the St. Paul City Conference appears to be Central’s for the taking.
It’s not uncommon to have one team dominate a conference for several years, but Minneapolis Washburn takes things to an entirely new level in the Minneapolis City Conference. Since the start of the 2008 season, the Millers have lost just one Minneapolis City Conference game.
It sometimes doesn’t always get the credit it deserves being filled with smaller schools, but the Classic Suburban Conference is always competitive and has just enough talent to keep you on your toes. That said, it’s a league that’s been dominated recently by St. Thomas Academy and South St. Paul.
The sound of the whistle and team chants will be never more obvious than Monday, Aug. 12, as teams in all fall sports hit their practice fields to signal the start of the season. Everybody is equal right now, and many football teams are hoping the early two-a-day workouts before school starts will eventually get them to the promise land, the Prep Bowl in November.
I’ve never been a huge fan of the “what might have been” scenario, especially when it comes to sports and championships. I’ve always viewed that as pretty cut and dry. If you did enough, you’ll win a championship. If you didn’t, you won’t.
Many high school athletes are enjoying their last week of the summer. It’s the last week to work full-time, hit the pool or play a round of golf. That’s because next week, practices start around the state for fall sports. But for at least 22 football programs, 21 of them in Minnesota, this past Monday signaled the start of the fall season.
You’ll probably have to go back a long way in the history books to figure out the last time Eden Prairie lost two football games in a season, much less a regular season. Losing the last two games of the year heading into the 2012 postseason gave the Eagles plenty of fuel as they rebounded for five straight wins on the way to another state championship.
If you head over to Palmer field at O’Shaughnessy Stadium it’s pretty quiet these days. That will all change in a few short weeks as the St. Thomas football team prepares for the start of the fall season. Camp starts in early August for the Tommies, who went 14-1 last season. That one loss prevented St. Thomas from winning its first national championship.
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Last week, we started a slew of conference previews with the South Suburban Conference where it was predicted last year’s state runner-up to be the favorite. This week, we head just a little north and west of the Twin Cities metro to take a look at the Northwest Suburban Conference.
School is out until the fall and we’re in the heart of the summer, but prep football season isn’t far from getting underway. Programs across the state will be starting their fall camps in less than a month, and games will get started in about six or seven weeks.
If you’re looking for a fun high school football game to watch that’s also very competitive for late June, you’ll want to head to St. Cloud on Saturday. Husky Stadium on the campus of St. Cloud State University is the host for the 40th annual Minnesota High school All-Star Football game.
Sometimes you don’t always need to be the best team to win a state championship, you just need to get hot at the right time to get there. That was never more evident than at this year’s state baseball tournament, where three state champions were crowned at Target Field on Monday.