Andover is coming off a run to the state tournament and section title with a very senior-heavy roster in 2013 that included Southwest Minnesota State freshman quarterback Connor Wilkie, who passed for a career school-record 5,351 yards and 55 touchdowns over three seasons.
The Tornadoes return with defensive linemen Dillon Ellingson and Danny Olson along with defensive back Sam Licari in what will be an otherwise young group.
Seniors Tykeise Johnson and Austin Anda return for what will be a third varsity season in the backfield for an offense that showed glimpses of its potential last fall, winning only three games during a season that opened and closed in Fridley at Totino-Grace and are off the 2014 schedule.
The record-setting offensive explosion last year generated 334 points and the Saints return with third-year starter Trautman and Santiago carrying the ball, who gave a verbal commitment to the University of North Dakota.
Preseason football in the National Football League is a time of intense drama where jobs and playing time are on the line. Last Friday, Spring Lake Park native and Oakland Raiders tight end Brian Leonhardt found himself lining up across from the team he grew up rooting for in the Vikings’ preseason opener at TCF Bank Stadium.
For the last five weeks, Anoka Ramsey Athletic Association football coaches gathered on the practice fields west of Anoka High School
For the last five weeks, Anoka Ramsey Athletic Association football coaches gathered on the practice fields west of Anoka High School.