High School Football
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.
Not only does Charlie Adams keep things safe at Vikings games working sideline security as part of the Minneapolis police force, the officer is also the head coach of the Minneapolis North High School football team.
As high school football players head to camp this week, some are just fighting for the chance to put the uniform and pads on under the lights every Friday night.
Many high school athletes might have had trouble getting to sleep Sunday night. When a new year and a new season gets underway, the excitement is hard to contain.
The next two days the Metrodome will get its annual football marathon workout with the state high school semifinals.
It’s the time of year that all high school football fans, love: It’s the playoffs. This is the time of the season where the team leaders come out and make the plays that help their team win big games.