Already losing to No. 2 seed Champlin Park (24-6) in the regular season, third seeded Blaine (23-6) appeared ready to return the favor in the Section 5AA semifinal Oct. 30.
As bad as a 1-6 record appears on paper, Anoka coach Jeff Buerkle remains hopeful that the 2013 season will end on a positive note after the Tornadoes turned the ball over five times in a 21-10 loss at Champlin Park in the Battle for the Paddle Oct. 11.
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 senior Mitch Boege scored twice in the second half as the Bengals upset No. 1 seed Champlin Park 2-1 in the Class AA State Quarterfinals played at Park, Cottage Grove Oct. 25.