On a night when it honored its 2004 and 2009 state championship teams, Totino-Grace added a dramatic victory to remember in program lore Sept. 6.
Trailing Maple Grove 10-7 with three minutes remaining and stuck deep in their own territory, trying to avoid a second narrow defeat to open the season, the Eagles delivered.
Quarterback Kristoff Kowalkowski found receiver Isaac Richards on a deep pass along the sideline. Richards made the catch and broke away from the defensive back, sprinting to the end zone for the winning 90-yard touchdown completion as host Totino-Grace overtook Maple Grove 13-10.
Maple Grove had the opening score of the game with a first-quarter field goal, with the Eagles pulling ahead 7-3 on an acrobatic 33-yard touchdown reception by Samuel Quick from Kowalkowski in the second quarter.
Maple Grove regained the lead on an 80-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter before the Eagles’ thrilling closing score.
Fridley 65, Richfield 7
Following a 41-0 week one win, Fridley cruised by even more in week two, toppling host Richfield 65-7 Sept. 6.
The Tigers were virtually flawless in the first half, sprinting to a 48-7 halftime lead on their way to the rout.
Eight ball carriers combined to rush for 206 yards and five touchdowns, led by Kaleb Blaha with 45 yards and three scores and Tayjion Lee with 41 yards and a score.
Micah Niewald added two receptions for 87 yards and a touchdown, while defensively Jalen Shaw and Steven Crockett both returned interceptions for touchdowns.
Champlin Park 28, Blaine 17
Champlin Park used a pair of late first-half touchdowns and another score in the third quarter to rally past visiting Blaine 28-17 Sept. 6.
Champlin Park opened the scoring with a touchdown midway through the first quarter, before Blaine tied the game at 7-7 on a 72-yard strike from Tyler Schuster to Julius Reynolds.
The Bengals took a 10-7 lead late in the first quarter on a 33-yard field goal by Parker Dahlman, holding the edge until the Rebels scored twice in the final five minutes of the half to pull in front 21-10.
Champlin Park added a third-quarter touchdown before the Bengals wrapped up the scoring on a 5-yard pass from Schuster to William Frederickson midway through the fourth.
Schuster finished 16-of-22 passing for 234 yards. Phil Kavi and Reynolds each closed with 72 receiving yards and Maxwell Stepanek had 69.
Ibukunoluwa Mafe was in on 14 tackles and Zachary Shaffer had 13 stops to lead the Bengal defense, with nine by Joshua Schlangen, eight by Daniel Obwaya and seven by Isaac Vanzomeren.
Providence Academy 31, Columbia Heights 16
Columbia Heights led 16-12 at halftime, but host Providence Academy charged ahead in the second half to top the Hylanders 31-16 Sept. 6.
Aaron Severson was 18-of-27 passing for 225 yards and two touchdowns for Columbia Heights, with Chase Oates bringing in five passes for 92 yards and Mateen Mohamed catching seven passes for 83 yards and both scores. J’Mar Fowler powered the running game with 115 yards on 24 carries.
Defensively, Isaac Becker and Jagger Kiser posted six tackles apiece.