Blaine bounced back from its first loss of the season, a 3-1 score against No. 3 ranked (Class A) East Grand Forks Dec. 13, with a pair of 11-0 Northwest Suburban Conference wins against Coon Rapids Dec. 14 and Robbinsdale Armstrong Dec. 19.
It looks like Blaine should challenge for another conference title and perhaps a section title, returning several of its key contributors from last season. Spring Lake Park moved sections and will not have to face St. Thomas Academy or the other Class A powers that made up the section bracket each year.
Unlike their regular season meeting in which 62 points were scored two weeks earlier, the Section 5-6A semifinal between Blaine (6-3) and Centennial (5-4) favored the defenses with the Cougars earning a 17-11 win at Blaine Oct. 25.
Blaine won its third straight game and posted a season-high points total in a 42-20 win at Centennial Oct. 11. The Bengals (5-2) have things going the right direction after back-to-back losses to good Osseo and Maple Grove programs in weeks three and four.
Blaine put two losses behind them while spoiling Coon Rapids’ homecoming game 41-14, Sept. 27. Cardinals Stadium was hoping with a rabid student section proud to share their Cardinal Nation pride throughout the deceptively one-side score.