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.
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.
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.