High School Football
This week’s edition of the High School Radio Rally brings you all the action from Zero Week! It’s time for football!
It’s one of the most exciting times of the year for a football fan, especially high school football fans in Minnesota. After a couple weeks of tryouts and practice, it’s finally time to strap on the pads and lace up the cleats for that first big game.
Football safety in general was a hot topic for several metro coaches Sunday. By coincidence, the gathering was scheduled days after a metro high school football player collapsed. Matt Gegenheimer is a spokesperson for the Heads Up program of USA Football and head coach at Prior Lake High School.
Family and friends gathered Saturday morning to remember a Minneapolis high school football player who drowned. Sha-kym Adams, 15, was swimming at Lake Nokomis last week with some teammates when he went under water.
A sophomore at a Mendota Heights high school is in stable condition after collapsing after football practice Friday night. The headmaster at Saint Thomas Academy, Matthew Mohs, confirms that the student is hospitalized, and will be kept sedated through the weekend as doctors monitor his condition.
Cretin-Derham Hall senior Jashon Cornell can breathe a sigh of relief as he heads into his final year of prep football for the Raiders. He announced Wednesday morning where he’s headed to play college football. Cornell gave his verbal commitment to Ohio State.
An annual football game involving the high schools in neighboring Wahpeton, North Dakota, and Breckenridge, Minn., will continue. The future of the game that has been played every year for nearly a century was in doubt because of football district realignment in Minnesota.
A lot of childhood dreams became realities for high school senior football players on Wednesday. What started as throwing the ball around with dad as a youngster, for many, turned into an opportunity to let that talent help a teenager get to college.
With National Signing Day less than a week away for high school football recruits, Chanhassen star Frank Ragnow made one of the biggest decisions of his life.
Mike Grant is one of the most successful high school football coaches in the history of Minnesota. He now has one more big award to add to his list. Grant was named the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year on Friday.
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Aaron Peterson ran for 183 yards and two touchdowns as Owatonna earned its first state title by beating Brainerd 24-0 Saturday in the Class 5A Championship. Quarterback Ian Langeberg had 136 yards passing for the top-ranked Huskies (13-0), who have three previous runner-up finishes, including last year. In the title game for the first time, third-ranked Brainerd (12-1) was led by Conor Gessell’s 71 yards rushing. Peterson scored on first-half runs of 3 yards and 1 yard to give the Huskies a 14-0 lead.
For more than three decades, the weekend after Thanksgiving has been special for high school football players. This weekend will be the last time the Prep Bowl will be held at the Metrodome. The venue is coming down to make way for a new Vikings stadium. For Noah Rockholl, the quarterback on last year’s football team, Friday is a special day. “You can drive through the streets of Underwood today and I guarantee you won’t see a single person or a car in the town,” Rockholl said. “The whole the whole town’s here.”
Joe Werz ran for a 69-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter and St. Croix Lutheran hung on to beat New London-Spicer 48-44 in the Class 3A title game. Hans Klingenschmitt had 177 yards rushing Saturday at the Prep Bowl and Trever Koester 139 for St. Croix Lutheran (11-2), which won its second title in three years. Adam Essler had 194 yards rushing for New London-Spicer (10-3). Leading by 6, Werz went straight up the middle and sprinted to the end zone and a 42-28 St. Croix Lutheran lead.
Robbie Grimsley more than made up for an early mistake. The junior ran for three long scores — including a Prep Bowl record 92-yard dash — and Hutchinson crushed the Academy of Holy Angels 49-7 Friday in the Prep Bowl to win its second straight Class 4A Championship and 26th straight game. Grimsley, who finished with 261 yards on six carries before rolling his ankle, scored on runs of 76, 57 and 92 yards in the first quarter to put the Tigers (13-0) well on their way to a fifth school title. Tory Adams added three rushing touchdowns and a punt return for a score. “It’s exciting,” said Grimsley, who fumbled away the opening kickoff. “You never want to fumble the football, especially to start the game like that in the state championship. I was lucky the coaches were willing to give me the ball again and trust me.”