Last season Andover upset St. Francis in the Section 7AAAA semifinal before winning its fourth section title in program history.
Anoka and Andover contests are often close, no matter the sport or the situation. No. 2 seed Andover (13-12), the defending Section 7AAAA champions, held on for a 64-61 win against No. 6 seed Anoka, March 5.
Down 13-0 less than three minutes into the Class 5A state quarterfinal, Andover (7-4) looked to be headed in the wrong direction against Chaska (11-0) in a blustery Kuhlman Stadium in Edina Nov. 9.
If Andover’s Section 4-5A opening round 42-3 win against Irondale is a sign of things to come, whoever plays the No. 2 seed in the final might want to take notice.
After scoring 20 points in its previous three losses, Andover returned to form with a 50-14 win at Robbinsdale Armstrong Oct. 15 to end an up-and-down regular season with a 5-3 record.
For the second week in a row Andover was kept to one score, this time at the hands of Totino-Grace at Huskies Stadium, 39-6 on Oct. 4.
Andover’s offense was frustrated by Osseo’s pass rush that disrupted the rhythm of one of the top offenses through the first four weeks of the football season in Osseo’s 20-7 victory at the Orioles home field Sept. 27.