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Defending 4A champion Holy Angels rolls in season-opener

By DAVID LA VAQUE, Star Tribune, 08/31/18, 6:45PM CDT


The Stars, benefiting from good field position, scored touchdowns on drives of 25, 32 and 23 yards in a 34-7 victory.

Academy of Holy Angels halfback Alex Knoll (35) carried the ball through the Hill-Murray defense in the second half. Photo: ANTHONY SOUFFLE • anthony.souffle@startribune.com

Defending Class 4A Prep Bowl champion Holy Angels of Richfield returned just four starters but three of them accounted for touchdowns Friday in the season-opener against Hill-Murray.

Quarterback Rook Rowe began the Stars’ 34-7 rout of the Pioneers with a touchdown pass. Mitch Hendrickson returned a kick for a score and Thomas Shelstad bulled his way across the goal line.

Stars’ coach Jim Gunderson applauded his leaders’ efforts, which helped a growing team overcome a few miscues on the road.

“We had some really great plays where kids flashed, and then we had some plays where we didn’t execute the way an experienced team would execute,” Gunderson said.

First report

Defending Class 4A Prep Bowl champion Holy Angels of Richfield rolled to a 34-7 victory in its season-opener at Hill-Murray.

The Stars established a winning formula on Friday: Pin Hill-Murray’s offense deep in its end, force a short punt and feast on great field position.

The Stars’ three offensive scoring drives covered 25, 32 and 23 yards.

Each team returned an interception for a touchdown and the Stars also brought a kickoff to the house. Hill-Murray’s defense forced three turnovers. But the Pioneers’ offense did not manage a first down against Holy Angels until the game’s final play.

Check back later for more on the game, which started early due to weather concerns Friday evening.

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