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Star Tribune prep football staff picks

By Star Tribune, 09/27/18, 2:36PM CDT


Wayzata or Lakeville North? Blaine or Champlin Park? Providence Academy or Mound Westonka?

Star Tribune staff writer Jim Paulsen (11-4) dropped a game last week while colleague David La Vaque (9-6) was perfect. Jim claims he just wanted to make things interesting.

Wayzata (2-2) at Lakeville North (4-0), 7 p.m.

David says: With 15 of the 31 Class 6A teams sitting at 2-2, you must decide which of them are trending up. Wayzata is one such team, with two losses by a combined four points against last fall’s Prep Bowl combatants. Still, winning at Lakeville North is tough. Lakeville North 28, Wayzata 21

Jim says: At some point, Wayzata’s luck is going to change and the Trojans will be on the receiving end of the game-turning break. Not here, though. Lakeville North has the look of a team that understands what it does well and doesn’t stray from that. Lakeville North 24, Wayzata 17


Blaine (4-0) at Champlin Park (3-1), 7 p.m.

David says: Blaine hasn’t won at Champlin Park since 2002, a statistical oddity the Bengals seek to correct. Road victories this season against St. Michael-Albertville and Cretin-Derham Hall give them confidence. Blaine 35, Champlin Park 27

Jim says: Blaine has to battle that history of failure at Champlin Park, not to mention avoid a letdown after routing Cretin-Derham Hall. Champlin Park will be sky-high on homecoming. That’s a lot for Blaine to overcome. Champlin Park 30, Blaine 21

Providence Academy (4-0) at Mound Westonka (4-0), 7 p.m.

David says: To this point, these teams’ opponents combined for a 4-30 record. So it’s time for one of these top-10 programs in Class 4A to assert itself. Senior QB Brandon Hokkanen gives the White Hawks an edge. Mound Westonka 21, Providence Academy 17

Jim says: With so many similarities between them, the team that jumps on top early will have an edge. Providence has been more consistent while Mound Westonka, which has been a second-half team, can’t afford to get behind. Providence Academy 28, Mound Westonka 19

Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque

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