High School Football
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It’s Week 2 in high school football and pretty much every team around the state is back in action Friday night after last week’s unusual Saturday start. We’re now back to Friday night action under the lights, what every high school football player dreams of when they put the pads on for fall practice.
High school football is back. There isn’t a much better concept for football fans than watching their favorite prep teams under the lights on Friday nights. Except this week, it all starts on Saturday night. Here are four of this week’s top match-ups, with a couple other quality games on the side.
We’ve previewed the 2014 state tournament teams from Class 6A and Class 5A. This week, it’s Class 4A’s turn and it’s a group led by defending state champion Becker. The Bulldogs were somewhat of a surprise to win the Prep Bowl last year after Hutchinson had won state championships the two years prior.
It’s practically a state holiday, the first day of high school football practice. But is that a good thing? Or another sign your summer’s almost over?
Last year in Class 5A, Mankato West returned to the top, beating Simley in the Prep Bowl as the Scarlets made their ninth state tournament appearance. It was their fourth championship. So out of last year’s state tournament teams, which has the best chance to be holding the championship trophy at the Prep Bowl? Here is a look at what’s head in Class 5A, based on last year’s state tournament teams.
Mike Pendino’s team forfeited the conference and section titles it won the past two years, for using an ineligible player.
It’s a new year in Minnesota high school football with scheduling. Conferences are gone, and now schedules are done regionally. It’s a combined effort to keep games competitive but at the same time, limit traveling expenses for schools. So instead of previewing districts this year, here is a look at how Class 6A could shake out based on last year’s state tournament teams.
The Minnesota State High School League has changed the rules for football practice. The changes are not unique to Minnesota. High school leagues across the country are taking steps to limit the amount of contact players have during practice.
Ashley Furniture in Rochester donated more than 100 beds today to every resident living at Bear Creek Services. The nonprofit supports people with disabilities.
East Ridge High School in Woodbury will forfeit the conference and section football titles it won over the past two seasons because one of its players was ineligible.
He is one of the best running backs Totino-Grace high school has seen. Kez Flomo made the All-Metro Football team and was a finalist for the Mr. Football award. The senior is described as hungry and ferocious on the field.
Mankato West quarterback Ryan Schlichte has been picked as the Minnesota Associated Press Player of the Year for high school football. The award was announced Tuesday with the AP’s all-state teams. Schlichte led the Scarlets to the Class 5A championship with a 42-19 victory Saturday over Simley.
Grant Hennen rushed for 179 yards, Cole Hennen had a long clinching score and Minneota held off Dawson-Boyd 28-14 Saturday in the Class 1A Championship at the Prep Bowl.
It’s a new feeling at Simley High School in Inver Grove Heights — winning on the football field. At this school, most of the success has come indoor on mats. Quarterback Michael Busch says his team finally gets to feel like the wrestlers. “They’re always in the state, competition for a state championship, and we got the opportunity and it’s like the atmosphere of wrestling season,” Busch said.
It still sounds the same at the Minnesota High School Prep Bowl, with bands belting out the tunes, fans cheering their lungs out. But cheering in comfort depends on your layers. Holdingford fan Angie Lichy and her boys brought a little extra to TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. “We have sleeping bags, lots of layers of clothes and … I made the boys wear their long underwear,” Lichy said.
A late-season position switch paid off nicely for Nathan Brinker and Holdingford. Lined up as a running back, Brinker connected with quarterback Austin Gerads for an 8-yard touchdown in double overtime, giving Holdingford a 20-18 edge over BOLD to win the Class 2A state title Friday at the Prep Bowl.
C.J. Schwintek ran for 146 yards and a touchdown as Becker beat DeLaSalle 24-6 Friday in the Prep Bowl to win the Class 4A state football championship. Dawson Brown had three interceptions for Becker (12-1), which won its second school title.
It’s been more than three decades since the last time the Minnesota high school football championship was played outdoors. And like this year, weather played a key part. David McCoy shows why the 1981 was a game memorable for more than just its place in history.
Friday night, Eden Prairie will try to win its fourth-straight state title in football. There are a lot of reasons why the Eagles have had so much success. One of them is a man you’ve likely never heard of — but his impact can be seen in every game. You probably know Coach Mike Grant, son of Vikings legend Bud Grant. He’s the winner of the last three state titles.
76 inches of snow…..Listen to Dave’s interview and other highlights from Thursday by clicking the link above.
The semifinals of the Minnesota State High School League’s State Football Tournament were played in the cold Friday evening, and WCCO was on hand to capture the action.
Cold, ice and snow complicated practice plans this week for teams in the Minnesota state high school football semifinals. Wintry weather is not the biggest challenge coaches and players at Minneapolis North have faced, and not because their nickname is the Polars.
It’s a huge week for the four teams that are left in each class. You’re playing for something that might have only seemed like a dream in August: A chance to play for a state championship. The teams that advance this week head to TCF Bank Stadium to play in the Prep Bowl, while the others wonder what might have been after getting so close.
Inside the Vadnais Sports Dome, the Totino-Grace Eagles football team practices in relative comfort. It’s just one of 28 boy’s high school football teams striving to get to the Prep Bowl. But there’s one big hurdle ahead that few expected.