Packers defense again flexes its muscle
• SOUTH ST. PAUL 24, SIMLEY 0: The Packers just don't like to be scored on. The defensive unit posted its fourth shutout in five games, blanking the Spartans on Friday night in Inver Grove Heights. The defense has only allowed one touchdown this season, last week to Hill-Murray. The Packers shut out their first three opponents. Senior Sam Sura provided most of the offense against the Spartans, running for three touchdowns.
• ST. THOMAS ACADEMY 42, NORTH ST. PAUL 13: Junior running back Kevin Gray scored three consecutive touchdowns, lifting the unbeaten Cadets over the Polars. Gray scored on runs of 2 and 16 yards and caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback John Gould. St. Thomas Academy accumulated 466 total yards, 312 on the ground.
• St. FRANCIS 31, FRIDLEY 12: Senior running back Jake Engnell carried the ball 39 times for 241 yards and three scores, leading the Saints past the Tigers. He scored on runs of 2, 3 and 4 yards.
• BLAINE 62, PARK CENTER 21: The Pirates were no match for the Bengals' rushing attack -- their strength all season long -- as they ran for seven first-half touchdowns in the win. With quarterback Duke Anyanwu sidelined with an ankle injury, senior running back Luis Sanchez paced the offense with 17 carries for 114 yards and four touchdowns.
• CHAMPLIN PARK 27, COON RAPIDS 21, OT: Trevor Garrison scored on a 9-yard run in overtime, giving the Rebels a victory over the Cardinals. Coon Rapids had the ball first in overtime but failed to score after being pushed back by an intentional grounding penalty. The Cardinals tied it at 21 on a 1-yard run by Shaq Theus with four minutes remaining.
• LAKEVILLE NORTH 17, BURNSVILLE 14: The Panthers relied primarily on their defense to overcome four turnovers and remain unbeaten, holding on to beat the Blaze. All the scoring came in the first half. Senior quarterback Trey Heid threw two touchdown passes in the first half for the Panthers, who got 141 yards rushing from junior Brandon Morgan and 111 yards receiving from senior Joel Oxton.
• PRIOR LAKE 30, BLOOMINGTON KENNEDY 13: The Lakers know how to strike quickly, get the ball in the hands of Jack Kaiser. The senior running back scored three consecutive touchdowns on four offensive plays, turning an early six-point deficit into a 14-point lead. Kaiser, who rushed for 296 yards on 26 attempts, scored on runs of 39, 59 and 51 yards.
• BRECK 48, ST. PAUL ACADEMY/MOUNDS PARK ACADEMY 14: Senior quarterback Austin Lommen threw five touchdown passes, giving him 19 on the season, as the Mustangs rolled past the Spartans. Breck held a slim 13-7 lead at halftime before breaking the game open with 29 points in the third quarter. Senior Jack Schmidt was on the receiving end of three scores, 31, 38 and 17 yards. Lommen completed 15 of 17 passes for 274 yards. St. Paul Academy junior David Ristau rushed for 189 yards on 29 carries.
• MOUND-WESTONKA 35, MINNEAPOLIS HENRY 8: The White Hawks recovered two fumbles for touchdowns en route to their first win of the season, a nonconference victory over the Patriots. Senior Zach Holloway returned a fumble 29 yards for a score in the second quarter and senior David Bingham closed the scoring for Mound-Westonka with a fumble recovery in the end zone for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Bingham also opened the scoring with a 3-yard run in the first quarter.
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