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Friday roundup: Yeager leads Minneapolis North, Eden Prairie rolls, more COVID cancellations

By JOEL RIPPEL, Star Tribune, 10/16/20, 10:30PM CDT


A recap of select games from around the metro area and state.

Zach Yeager threw five touchdown passes and Terrance Kamara contributed a 93-yard touchdown run as Minneapolis North, ranked No. 2 in Class 2A, pulled away for a 40-14 victory over visiting Providence Academy.

Kamara’s touchdown, early in the second quarter, gave the Polars (2-0) a 20-7 lead.

The Lions pulled within 20-10 late in the final minute of the first half on a 40-yard field goal by J.P. Luedke.
Davon Townley caught TD passes of 22 and 33 yards in the second half as the Polars opened a 34-10 lead.
Mario Sanders also caught two touchdown passes for the Polars — a 17-yarder in the first half and a 53-yarder in the fourth quarter.

Eden Prairie 52, Shakopee 0: The Eagles, ranked No. 2 in Class 6A, cruised to the victory over the visiting Sabers. Johnny Hartle scored on touchdowns runs of 28 and 71 yards in the first quarter as the Eagles eventually built a 42-0 halftime lead.

Monticello 43, Cambridge-Isanti 15: Sam Valor rushed for 195 yards and three touchdowns to fuel the Magic’s victory over the visiting Bluejackets. Valor, who averaged 12.2 yards on 16 carries, scored twice in the first half as the Magic took a 28-0 halftime lead.

Monticello quarterback Calvin Schmitz rushed for 68 yards and a touchdown and completed all six of his passes for 75 yards and a TD. The teams got together after each had their originally scheduled game canceled because of COVID-19 issues — Cambridge-Isanti was to play St. Francis, Monticello at St. Cloud Tech.

St. Thomas Academy 30, Henry Sibley 6: Danny McFadden rushed for 261 yards and three touchdowns as the Cadets, ranked No. 2 in Class 5A, ran past the visiting Warriors. McFadden scored on a 43-yard run in the first quarter and runs of 18 and 66 yards in the third quarter. McFadden, who had 17 carries, averaged 15.4 yards per attempt.

White Bear Lake 35, Cretin-Derham Hall 21: Branden Berwald ran for two touchdowns and passed for a touchdown in the first half to lead White Bear Lake past the visiting Raiders. Berwald’s 23-yard touchdown run in the second quarter gave the Bears a 34-7 lead.

Minneapolis South 20, Academy Force 0: Demetrius Seay rushed for two touchdowns to help the host Tigers improve to 2-0. The Tigers have allowed just eight points in their first two games.

Rocori 28, Waseca 20: Rocori, ranked No. 5 in Class 4A, held on to defeat the host Bluejays, the top-ranked team in Class 3A. After Rocori (2-0) scored with 6:42 left to take a 28-8 lead, The Bluejays (1-1) scored two touchdowns in the final 80 seconds. But the Bluejays failed to convert two-point attempts after each touchdown. Ryan Dufault of Waseca scored on touchdown runs of 6 yards and 1 yard.

Caledonia vs. Stewartville postponed: Caledonia, the top-ranked team in Class 2A, was scheduled to play at Stewartville, ranked No. 8 in Class 3A on Friday, but the game was called off because of COVID-19 issues.

Stewartville activities director Tim Malone said in a statement late Thursday to KIMT-TV News 3, “We have a ton of respect for the Caledonia football program. We would have loved to share the field with them on Friday night. At this time our thoughts and prayers are with a member of our football family and his health moving forward.”

A tweet from Caledonia’s football Twitter account said “both sides are working to get this game played sometime this year.” Caledonia, which has won five consecutive Class 2A state titles, opened its season last Saturday with a 26-8 victory over Plainview-Elgin-Millville. The victory was the Warriors’ 69th consecutive — the longest current streak in the nation.

Becker vs. Delano canceled: The Becker at Delano game was canceled after Delano had a player test positive for COVID-19. Becker (1-0) is ranked No. 4 in Class 4A. Becker opened its season last week with a 20-13 victory over Spring Lake Park. The Bulldogs were originally scheduled to open with Chisago Lakes, but that game was canceled because of COVID-19 issues.


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