Many high schoolers wouldn’t mind heading to college with friends with whom they’ve grown up. An opportunity to play college football at the College of St. Scholastica with three high school friends is an even rarer opportunity, but four members of Anoka’s Class of 2011 have done so.
No. 4 seed Spring Lake Park blanked No. 5 Robbinsdale Copper 29-0 in the Section 4-AAAAA quarterfinals at Spring Lake Park Oct. 22. Panthers senior Grant Walter continued to make big plays. He not only blocked a second-quarter punt, but scooped up the loose ball and returned it 10 yards for a touchdown and a 29-0 lead by halftime.
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.
Coon Rapids ended the regular season on a high-note with a 23-20 win against Centennial Oct. 16. The second win in three weeks gave the Cardinals a sense of confidence with a close Northwest Suburban Conference victory.
Goodrich Field was transformed into Dave Brock Field for the annual Pumpkin Bowl football game, but Blaine walked away with a 21-9 win over Anoka, Oct. 16.
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.