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The Big Picture: Mid-season recap

By MN Football Hub staff, 09/30/11, 1:47PM CDT


With at least four weeks in the books for all teams, it's time to take a look back

Tonight's games mark the beginning of downward push to the post-season in Minnesota prep football.

So far, this season has been dominated by many familiar faces – Eden Prairie, Wayzata and Cretin-Derham Hall to name a few. But there have been some surprises along the way, including undefeated Minnetonka, Anoka and Lakeville North.

In out-state, Montevideo and Albany put on a crazy show in Week 4, with two 21-point swings and some near misses at the state's all-time record. Meanwhile, Stewartville knocked off defending Class 3A champions Rochester Lourdes. 

And we're only halfway through the regular season. Here's a pictorial look back at the first half of the season.

ZERO WEEK: The inaugural Zero Week games allowed teams another week of eligibility to schedule games in 2011. Jordan Sorenson (81) of St. Peter tackles Jeff Pooler (10) of Minnewaska as he attempts to run upfield. Helen Nelson, MN Football Hub

Former NFL and Big Ten quarterback Brooks Bollinger (middle) talked to players during an afternoon walk-through practice at Hill Murray High School. Bollinger has led the Pioneers to a 3-1 start in his first season as head coach. Jim Gehrz, Star Tribune

Blaine quarterback Duke Anyanwu reached across the goal line to score a touchdown in the Week 3 game against Champlin Park. The Bengals got off to a hot start behind the play of Anyanwu before being stunned by undefeated Anoka in Week 4. Jim Gehrz, Star T

Blue Earth standout Jonah Pirsig, foreground, stretches out before the start of their game against St. Paul Highland. Pirsig – at 6-foot-9 and 300 pounds – has committed to play for the University of Minnesota in 2012. Marlin Levison, Star Tribune

Mankato West quarterback Philip Nelson (9) picked his way through the New Prague defense for a first half touchdown in Week 1. Nelson – a Gopher commit – leads all quarterbacks in the state with 15 touchdowns. Marlin Levison, Star Tribune

East Ridge quarterback Brandon Johnson was pursued by Cretin-Derham Hall's Jonathan Harden. Harden, a 5-foot-10, 300 pound defensive lineman for the No. 3 Raiders, has committed to play for Western Michigan. Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

Eden Prairie's Andrew Larson ran out of the grasp of Champlin Park's Jake Luukkonen. Larson is tied for second in the state for most rushing touchdowns with 11. Kyndell Harkness, Star Tribune

Lakeville South quarterback Mitch Leidner passed the ball during practice. Leidner has led the Cougars to a 4-0 start in his final season. He has committed to play for the Gophers in 2012. Bruce Bisping, Star Tribune

Blooming Prairie's quarterback Luc Zellmer (8) launched a pass before getting tackled by Lester Prairie's Shawn Gebhart (20). Zellmer is eight touchdowns away from becoming the all-time leader in Minnesota. Helen Nelson, MN Football Hub