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.
Through the first quarter of play Blaine appeared to have its Northwest Suburban Conference game against Osseo (3-0) under control, thanks to a 23-yard touchdown run by quarterback Alex Copa followed by a 29-yard field goal from Grant Boege.
A big second quarter helped turn the tide for Blaine in a 31-21 win at Robbinsdale Armstrong Sept. 7.
Blaine (1-0) held on to win its season opener against Edina (1-1) 21-19 at Bengals Stadium Aug. 29. The meeting was a rematch of a 30-27 Section 5AAAAAA-6AAAAAA contest last season won by Edina at its artificial turf stadium.
Blaine returns six starters, including quarterback Alex Copa and receiver/defensive back Riley Henderstrom, but graduated 10 from the offense. The Bengals defense should be led by its linebacker corps of captain Caleb Butler with Mandry Stewart and Stephen Newberger. Defensive backs Henderstrom and Logan Nelson should stabilize the secondary and hopefully generate more turnovers.
Fans inside Panthers Stadium were treated to an action-packed finish as Spring Lake Park held on for a 27-26 win against Andover in the Section 4-AAAAA football semifinal Oct. 27.
The final night of the regular season saw Blaine top Anoka and No. 2 ranked Spring Lake Park finished off a perfect regular season with a 29-20 win at St. Francis in a North Suburban Conference contest.