A wild comeback by Blaine in its home opener Friday gave the fans dressed in patriotic gear a reason to rush the field after pulling off a 22-21 win against rival Anoka.
Elk River spoiled Coon Rapids’ home opener with a 47-0 shutout victory at Cardinals Stadium in the Northwest Suburban Conference opener Thursday.
Totino-Grace opened its second season in the Northwest Suburban Conference with a 35-17 win over Anoka in Fridley.
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.
Senior Ben Beckman and junior Griffin Fussy will compete for the starting quarterback spot after graduating longtime quarterback Alex Copa last season. Develice said the QBs are similar in style, having plenty of success during the baseball season. He likes the strength from Beckman, realizing Fussy isn’t far behind.
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.