High School Football
It’s a Minnesota first — two metro high school football teams will play in front of the nation tomorrow night. The local football scene is in the spotlight because of Jashon Cornell, the Cretin-Derham Hall defensive end is ranked as the No. 1 2015 recruit in the country, according to ESPN.
A Dassel-Cokato high school linebacker who collapsed on the field unconscious during a game is responding to doctors and family members following surgery for a serious head injury. According to Perry Thenison, Dassel-Cokato K-12 school’s activities director, Luke Nelson was hurt Saturday night during a football game. Thenison says Nelson, 16, is resting after undergoing surgery Saturday night, and is active and alert.
With Weeks Zero and One in the books, the Minnesota High School football season is now in full swing. Here’s this week’s roundup of action on the WCCO Radio Rally!
Chris Williams is the talented and explosive running back from DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis. “I like to get to the end zone, so I just try everything to get to the end zone, every play,” Williams said. Walk him and you can see why teammates follow him. Williams didn’t grow up privileged, and he did not forget where he grew up.
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.
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.
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.
Believe it or not, high school football season is already here for many programs. The official start of practice is a week away, but 22 schools get an extra week of practice because they play their first game a week early, on Aug. 23. It’s called “Zero Week,” and Edina coach Reed Boltmann says it’s a good fit for his team.
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.
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.
It’s hard to believe that the high school football season has come to an end. Seven football teams celebrated championship seasons between the Friday and Saturday’s Prep Bowl games at the Metrodome.
Minutes after guiding Eden Prairie to its eighth state championship under his watch, coach Mike Grant was already talking about next season’s opener against Elk River.
Austin Maanum ran for 185 yards and two touchdowns, Jason Montonye scored three times and Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley defeated Grand Meadow 40-22 for the Class 9-Man Championship at Friday’s Prep Bowl.
Augsburg College freshman quarterback Ayrton Scott makes plays, and in the process, he makes highlights.