MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Holy Angels football team has had their fair share of surprises this season.

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The Stars went just 3-and-5 on the regular season, lost their starting quarterback before last week’s game against Kasson-Mantorville and then they found a back up who hardly had taken a snap.

Anthony Eckholm was the Holy Angels quarterback all season until hepatitis landed him in the hospital last Friday.

That meant they needed a new quarterback.

“I didn’t get the news until lunch on Friday, so about six hours before the game,” said Danny Hoffman, the team’s new QB. “I just had to focus up and do my thing.”

He had not played quarterback all season. He started at safety as just a sophomore.

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The coaching staff helped camouflage him by running some gadget plays, and Holy Angels won the game 21-7 over Kasson-Mantorville. Hoffman also got some advice from Eckholm to help him along the way.

“He just gave me some motivation to help me through,” Hoffman said.

Now he prepares with his team for the Metrodome and a shot at DeLaSalle. The Islanders are the favorite, but Holy Angels just want another shot.

“We got to be tough,” said Holy Angels head coach Ray Betton. “We got to be physical, we got to be disciplined – the same things we did to beat Kasson.”

The winner of the Holy Angels- DeLaSalle game will face either Hutchinson or Delano.

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Eckholm is still recovering.

Mike Max