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.
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.