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High School football

Post by elliott70 » Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:14 pm

Any fans around?

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Re: High School football

Post by elliott70 » Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:18 pm

Section 8 5A

Some have told me that it will come down between Brainerd and Bemidji.
Bemidji has a good QB returning and a phenom of an athlete at WR and DB plus a contingent of other O and D weapons.
I am not sold on their O & D lines, yet.

Brainerd has a strong program and always puts a quality product on the field.

Moorhead lost some weapons but again a big school and lots of bodies.

Ditto for Alexandria.

Sartell will likely be at the tail end but should show improvement from last year's young squad.

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Re: High School football

Post by elliott70 » Thu Aug 30, 2018 6:48 pm

In 7 5A it has to be Andover.

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Re: High School football

Post by elliott70 » Sat Sep 01, 2018 2:36 pm

Section 8 5A started slow.
Bemidji wins.
Brainerd, Moorhead, Alexandria and Sartell all lose in the first week.
Brainerd, Moorhead and Alex had tough opponents.

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Re: High School football

Post by Upfan111 » Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:19 pm

Good idea Elliott on starting a high school football message! I'd guess this will have some interest.

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Re: High School football

Post by elliott70 » Thu Sep 06, 2018 1:51 pm

Bemidji has Big Lake at home Friday (9/7).
The Jacks gave eth game away last year in Big Lake.

I see Bemidji by 14 points in this one.

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Re: High School football

Post by goldy313 » Sat Sep 08, 2018 6:41 am

Owatonna continues to roll.
Caledonia has a top 5 winning streak in the nation, section 1AA looks to be very competitive though as 2 of the 1AA teams knocked off 2 1AAAA teams in week one.

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Re: High School football

Post by elliott70 » Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:58 pm

Owatonna is a football machine.

Elk River seems to have developed a strong program.

Andover is also proving to have the keys to a good program.

Bemidji went to Eden Prairie about 8 years ago and copied their youth program. It is starting to pay off at the high school level now.

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Re: High School football

Post by goldy313 » Sun Sep 09, 2018 6:37 am

I have dealt with Mike Grant numerous times......picking up on what he does can't hurt. He rubs some people the wrong way and I get that. He runs a good program at EP, obviously Eden Prairie has certain advantages like a huge enrollment, low F/R lunch numbers, etc. But he still beats similar schools. His teams do not beat themselves.

The Owatonna coach is the son of a former John Marshall coach, Rochester did not hire him so he ended up at Owatonna. By and large he runs the same offense they have run at Owatonna for 50 years. He adapts it to fit his kids but the offense is nothing no one has ever seen, they just run basically the same 5 plays ( to left and right makes it 10) but they run it extremely well.

If you back to the 60's and earlier the Minneapolis paper put on a "Championship" game between the public school champion voted on as there were no playoffs and the top Catholic school team. Last year I would have liked to see EP play Owatonna.

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Re: High School football

Post by northwoods oldtimer » Sun Sep 09, 2018 1:55 pm

elliott70 wrote:
Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:58 pm
Owatonna is a football machine.

Elk River seems to have developed a strong program.

Andover is also proving to have the keys to a good program.

Bemidji went to Eden Prairie about 8 years ago and copied their youth program. It is starting to pay off at the high school level now.
Awesome move Elliot, wish we had a program in Rapids. Indian, err Thunderhawk football is horrible.
You one lucky man!

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Re: High School football

Post by Rocketwrister » Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:40 am

Oldtimer--
Why is Rapids football not very good? With them being a bigger school in 4A I would think they would have more numbers. Is it the better athletes just play hockey? Hermantown, I don't believe, have hockey kids out for the team. Cloquet doesn't have hockey players.

Just curious

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Re: High School football

Post by elliott70 » Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:05 pm

Rocketwrister wrote:
Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:40 am
Oldtimer--
Why is Rapids football not very good? With them being a bigger school in 4A I would think they would have more numbers. Is it the better athletes just play hockey? Hermantown, I don't believe, have hockey kids out for the team. Cloquet doesn't have hockey players.

Just curious
Hermantown has a couple...
Elliott Peterson who is a 3 year hockey player is a captain on the football team and starts at running back and linebacker.

Wrong just Peterson.
But he scored both touchdowns in Friday night win, so big contribution from hockey.
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Re: High School football

Post by northwoods oldtimer » Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:36 pm

Rocketwrister wrote:
Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:40 am
Oldtimer--
Why is Rapids football not very good? With them being a bigger school in 4A I would think they would have more numbers. Is it the better athletes just play hockey? Hermantown, I don't believe, have hockey kids out for the team. Cloquet doesn't have hockey players.

Just curious
Rocketwrister, Rapids has a really good Jaycee youth program but they lose a sizable portion of their stud athletes in football during 7,8 and 9th grade years. Have heard its just really unorganized at this level and kids move on to other interests. The lack of athletes at Varsity level is significant. New head coach has lots of enthusiasm so hopefully he takes to learning from the Bemidji model.

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Re: High School football

Post by goldy313 » Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:44 am

Caledonia continues to roll, 44 straight. Week 8 has Caledonia traveling to St Charles, :x a out of 3 to be state champ.

Owatonna has yet to be challenged.

FWIW the Big10 sucks

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Re: High School football

Post by Upfan111 » Sun Sep 16, 2018 1:12 pm

In section 7 4A I see Hermantown narrowly beat Denfeld. North Branch lost to Duluth East. Cloquet rolled Hibbing. Rapids beat Proctor.

Hermantown and Cloquet both without a loss.

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