Coon Rapids seventh graders capture North Suburban Championship

Coon Rapids seventh-grade football team earned the North Suburban Football League championship following its 35-26 win over Brooklyn Park at Mounds View High School Nov. 4.

Members of the Coon Rapids seventh-grade football team pictured are, front row, from left: Devin Gerhardson, Luke Medved, Sean Smith, Deven Nebo; middle row: Sam Carl, Luke Serjent, Fengchy Vue, Jaylen Salazar, Justin Beyer, Caleb Ness, Cory Anda, Nathan Klisch, Ricky Soto; back row: DJ Ewer, Jordan Brown, Byron Bynum, Shane Vadnais,Tom Gadbois, Tyler George, Matthew Ammann, Carter Geyer.Photo courtesy of Varsity Photos

The Red squad avenged an earlier loss to Brooklyn Park and played its fifth game in seven days. Coon Rapids made it into the playoffs as a wild card team, despite an 8-2 record in what was a very competitive league.

Coon Rapids reached the championship game by beating Phelps Community, then Elk River 44-14 and finally upsetting undefeated Osseo 33-19 to secure its place in the finals of the unlimited weight division. Coon Rapids trailed 21-20 at the half, but scored twice in the second half to secure the win and a 12-2 record and a first championship for the CRAA-based team.

After scoring early in the third quarter, Coon Rapids recovered an on-side kick and turned that into another touchdown.

Meanwhile the defense limited the opposition to just six points in the second half throughout the playoffs, coach Mike George said.

“We like to play smash mouth football with two tight ends,” he said, noting the performance by the offensive line, halfback and fullback to open running lanes for tailback Byron Bynum.

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