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.
Wayzata 19, Blaine 0
Wayzata prevailed in a defensive battle of Class 6A powers 19-0 over visiting Blaine Aug. 29.
Following a scoreless first quarter, Wayzata broke through with a 5-yard touchdown run early in the second, then added a 15-yard scoring pass in the final seconds before halftime. The Trojans added one more score late in the third to seal the win.
Tyler Schuster threw for 65 yards and ran for 46, while William Frederickson completed a 38-yard pass and rushed for 41 yards to lead the Bengal offense.
Defensively, Ibukunoluwa Mafe made 12 tackles, Zachary Shaffer had 11 tackles and a fumble recovery, Joshua Schlangen made 10 tackles and Brennan Koste and Austin Bones each had nine tackles.
Spring Lake Park 0
Armstrong picked up a touchdown in each of the final three quarters to pull away from visiting Spring Lake Park 21-0 Aug. 29.
Brian Orellana ran for 63 yards and Henry Dennis ran for 32 to lead the Panthers offensively.
Blaine Cooper and Joey Sorenson were each in on 17 tackles and Nick Ojile had seven tackles and a sack.
SMB 35, Columbia Heights 7
Host Columbia Heights challenged reigning Class 4A state champion St. Paul Academy/Minnehaha Academy/Blake into the fourth quarter, but a late interception return for a touchdown sealed what ended as a 35-7 SMB opener win Aug. 30.
SMB worked its way out to a 14-0 lead late in the first half before Columbia Heights closed within 14-7 on a 4-yard scoring strike from Aaron Severson to Spencer Alvarez in the closing seconds before the break.
SMB upped its lead back to two scores in the third quarter, then, with Columbia Heights on the move early in the fourth, intercepted a pass and returned it 70 yards for a score to close the upset bid. The Wolfpack added a final touchdown in the closing minutes.
Lakeville South 13,
Lakeville South put together all of its scoring in the fourth quarter to rally past host Totino-Grace 13-10 Aug. 29.
Totino-Grace picked up the lone score of the first half on the opening play of the second quarter, as Kristoff Kowalkowski found Samuel Quick on a 26-yard touchdown pass. Matthew Pettijohn added the extra point, giving the Eagles a 7-0 lead they would hold through the third quarter.
Lakeville South got on the board on a 23-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter, then took a 10-7 lead with 4:56 remaining on a 10-yard touchdown pass.
Totino-Grace came back to tie the game on a 26-yard Pettijohn field goal with 1:46 to play, but the Cougars hit a game-winning 42-yard field goal with just 13 seconds remaining to pick up the season-opening win.
Kowalkowski finished 14-of-22 passing for 199 yards, with Quick bringing in seven passes for 98 yards and Isaac Richards making two receptions for 67 yards. Luke Delzer rushed 16 times for 72 yards.