A pair of homecoming routs extended winning streaks for Spring Lake Park and Totino-Grace, while Fridley remained unbeaten and Columbia Heights added another win Oct. 4 as the regular season nears a close.
Spring Lake Park 48, North St. Paul 0
Spring Lake Park built off of its strong end to September with a dominant homecoming performance to open October, flattening North St. Paul 48-0 for its third win in a row to improve to 4-2.
The Panthers put the game out of reach early, rumbling to a 34-0 halftime lead on a pair of Zack Dunbar touchdown runs, a rushing score each by Aaron Clausen and Brian Orellana and a fumble returned for a score by Jesse Sills.
Henry Dennis and Aaron Payne added second-half touchdown runs while the Panther defense kept North St. Paul in check the remainder of the night to preserve the shutout.
Spring Lake Park finished with 440 yards on the ground, led by Dennis with 107, Orellana with 106 and Payne with 82.
Owen Spencer, Caden Carson and Sills each intercepted a pass and Raul Solorio added six extra points.
Totino-Grace 41, Anoka 14
Totino-Grace ran – and threw – its winning streak to five, topping Anoka 41-14 in its homecoming game to move to 5-1 on the season.
The Eagles recorded an efficient night of offense, rushing for 267 yards and throwing for 152 more.
Deezwin Cooper was the leading force, carrying the ball nine times for 101 yards and four touchdowns, while Samuel Quick caught five passes from Kristoff Kowalkowski for 100 yards and a score.
Patrick Doran posted a team-high nine tackles and also rushed for a touchdown, while Andrew Christopherson made eight tackles and Roman Passeretti had seven tackles and a sack.
For Anoka, Jacob Deutschman threw for 203 yards, with Cody Lindenberg catching six passes for 108 yards and a touchdown.
Fridley 31, Mound Westonka 6
For the second week in a row, it was a battle of undefeated teams.
And for the second week in a row, it was Fridley holding a foe to one score and emerging on top on the road, this time upending Mound Westonka 31-6 to improve to 6-0.
Kaleb Blaha threw for 207 yards and three touchdowns, with Micah Niewald, Christian Crockett and Steven Crockett each on the receiving end of a score. Steven Crockett also intercepted two passes and brought one back for a touchdown.
The Whitehawks’ lone touchdown was a defensive score as the Fridley defense bolstered its status as one of the state’s best.
Columbia Heights 28, Spectrum 20
Columbia Heights scored the lone touchdown of the second half en route to edging host Spectrum 28-20, winning its second game in a row.
J’Mar Fowler powered the Hylander offense with 233 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns, with Aaron Severson throwing for a pair of touchdowns to Isaac Becker.
William Katchmark was in on a team-high 12 tackles.
Centennial 41, Blaine 7
Centennial broke open what was a close game throughout the first half with a touchdown in the final minute before the break, then a trio of second-half scores to defeat host Blaine 41-7.
Josh Schlangen opened the scoring on a 44-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter before the Cougars tied the game at 7-7 late in the first quarter and struck twice in the final 4 1/2 minutes of the second quarter to take control.