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.
Goodrich Field was transformed into Dave Brock Field for the annual Pumpkin Bowl football game, but Blaine walked away with a 21-9 win over Anoka, Oct. 16.
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 (4-2) overcame five turnovers and quarterback Alex Copa ran for 235 yards and two touchdowns including a four-yard run in overtime as the Bengals topped Champlin Park 21-14 Oct. 4.
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.
After a 2-0 start, Blaine (2-2) dropped its second game in a row when Maple Grove (4-0) spoiled Blaine’s Homecoming 31-7 Sept. 20.
A big second quarter helped turn the tide for Blaine in a 31-21 win at Robbinsdale Armstrong Sept. 7.