Fridley was the lone area team to escape week one unscathed, rolling past visiting Bloomington Kennedy 41-0 Aug. 29 as the high school football season got underway.
The Tigers methodically took apart Kennedy, building a 20-0 halftime lead on a touchdown sneak by quarterback Kaleb Blaha and a pair of scores by Michael Ude.
Fridley continued the rout in the second half, striking on touchdown passes from Blaha to Micah Niewald and Steven Crockett, with Tra’Vione Stevenson capping the scoring on a late touchdown run.
Blaha finished 13-of-19 passing for 150 yards, with Eli Paton bringing in a 44-yard pass and Niewald and Terrell Davis each bringing in 38 receiving yards. Ude added 104 yards on the ground.
Niewald also intercepted a pair of passes, while Christopher Castillo was a perfect 5-for-5 on extra points.
Bemidji 28, Andover 27
Bemidji drove the length of the field in the closing minutes, scoring with just 49 seconds remaining to pull ahead and edge host Andover 28-27 in a back-and-forth opener Aug. 29.
Bemidji ran out to a quick 14-0 lead before a 37-yard touchdown pass from Ethan Kalmes to Keaton Leukam cut that gap in half to end the first quarter.
The teams traded touchdowns in the second quarter, with the Huskies striking on a 29-yard pass from Kalmes to Aghogho Eyafe, then Andover closed within 21-20 on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Kalmes to Leukam in the third quarter.
Andover grabbed its first lead at 27-21 a minute into the fourth quarter on a 3-yard run by Caden Wheeler, holding the lead until the Lumberjacks struck on a 15-yard touchdown pass and added the extra point to escape with the win.
The Huskies drove close enough to heave a hailmary pass into the endzone as time expired, but the throw landed just out of reach.
Kalmes finished 18-of-34 passing for 201 yards, with Eyafe bringing in 11 passes for 120 yards. Cole Heppner rushed 14 times for 50 yards.
Jack Sharon recorded 12 tackles and an interception and Andrew Schumacher made nine tackles.
White Bear Lake 46, Anoka 6
White Bear Lake utilized a powerful running attack, rushing for six scores, as it topped visiting Anoka 46-6 Aug. 29.
Cody Lindenberg recorded the Tornadoes’ touchdown in the second quarter, finding the endzone from three yards out.
St. Thomas 34, Coon Rapids 0
Last year’s Class 5A state runner-up St. Thomas Academy shut out visiting Coon Rapids 34-0 Aug. 29.
The Cadets built a 12-0 halftime lead before pulling away in the second half.
St. Cloud Apollo 31, St. Francis 24
After a frenzied first half filled with seven touchdowns, including two on defense and another on special teams, host St. Cloud Apollo’s defense held on in the final half as both teams had to settle for just one field goal to edge St. Francis 31-24 Aug. 30.
Trevor Patterson ran for two touchdowns and Hunter Dustman ran for one score for the Saints. Dustman also hit a 42-yard field goal and was 3-for-3 on extra points.
Around the area
Also around the area, Blaine dropped its opener at Wayzata 19-0 Aug. 29.
Armstrong scored a touchdown in each of the last three quarters to defeat visiting Spring Lake Park 21-0 Aug. 29.
Defending Class 4A state champ SMB scored a pair of late touchdowns to pull away from host Columbia Heights 35-7 Aug. 30.
Lakeville South kicked a last-minute field goal to edge host Totino-Grace 13-10 Aug. 29.