Anoka football drops to 0-2

After falling behind two scores early, Anoka put together the type of drive it needed, getting right back into Friday’s showdown with returning state semifinalist Champlin Park.

Anoka quarterback Levi Cooper sets to throw in Friday’s game versus Champlin Park. Photo by Brian Flanary
Anoka quarterback Levi Cooper sets to throw in Friday’s game versus Champlin Park. Photo by Brian Flanary

But a single play later, the momentum was gone, and the Rebels were off and running.

Champlin Park finished the night on top 42-13, improving to 2-0 and dropping host Anoka to 0-2 to start the season.

“Champlin is a tough match-up because of the size and speed they have,” Anoka head coach Jeff Buerkle said.

The Rebels flashed that speed from the outset, churning their way to a 14-0 lead by the end of the first quarter.

Anoka responded early in the second quarter, getting the ball down the field to set up a score from three yards out by Hunter Way.

However, Champlin Park would return the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown and never look back.

“The team was confident that they could drive the ball and executed well on that drive,” Buerkle said.

“The kickoff return was a heart breaker. It took the life out of the team at a time that we needed to keep the momentum.”

Next up for Anoka is a home game against 2-0 Centennial.

The Cougars have opened the season with a 27-21 overtime win over White Bear Lake and a 25-17 win over Totino-Grace.

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