For a while Thursday it appeared that Friday’s season openers for the Becker and Spring Lake Park football teams were going to be delayed one more week after each of their opponents had to cancel because of COVID-19 issues.
But late Thursday afternoon, they arranged to play each other at Spring Lake Park.
Becker outlasted Spring Lake Park 20-13 to give Bulldogs coach Dwight Lundeen his 368th career victory. Lundeen, who is in his 51st season as the Bulldogs’ coach, is the third-winningest coach in state history with a 368-161-5 career record.
Carter Callahan scored all three touchdowns for the Bulldogs, including a 3-yard TD run with 2:57 remaining.
The Bulldogs’ ensuing two-point conversion attempt failed. The Panthers drove to the Bulldogs 12-yard line but couldn’t manage to get the tying score.
The Panthers had pulled within 14-13 with 10:29 remaining on a 1-yard TD run by Aaron Clausen after an interception by Nolan Tuomi had given the Panthers possession. The PAT failed.
Becker was originally scheduled to play Chisago Lakes, while Spring Lake Park was scheduled to play Armstrong.
Chaska 44, St. Louis Park 7: Jack Boyle and Dewandis Youmans each rushed for two touchdowns as the Hawks, who won the Class 5A state title last season, ran past the visiting Orioles. The Hawks finished with six rushing touchdowns.
Chanhassen 49, Bloomington Jefferson 28: Jason Collins rushed for 168 yards and two TDs and Charlie Coenen scored twice to lead the Storm past the Jaguars. Coenen returned the second-half kickoff 89 yards to give Chanhassen a 34-14 lead.
Hutchinson 40, St. Cloud Tech 6: Junior Mitchell Piehl rushed for 250 yards and three touchdowns for visiting Hutchinson. Piehl scored on runs of 43 and 69 yards in the first quarter and capped the scoring in the fourth quarter with a 59-yard run.
Minneapolis South 28, Minneapolis Henry 8: Daniel Avre threw four touchdown passes — two in each half — as the Tigers pulled away from the host Patriots. Avre, a senior, threw TD passes of 24 and 23 yards to Anthony Martin and TD passes of 2 and 37 yards to Kader Diop. The Tigers, who were 1-8 last season, led 14-8 at halftime.
Osseo 37, Anoka 6: Senior Kenneth McKenzie rushed for 170 yards and three touchdowns to fuel the Orioles’ victory.