Jeff Buerkle

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.

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Offensive linemen don’t get the flashy statistics like touchdowns, yards gained, receptions, completed passes or tackles. Instead, they measure success by wins and losses and by sheer feeling about the opponent and the will the keep going, play after play.

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Anoka (1-4) couldn’t solve undefeated Maple Grove (5-0) as Crimson running back Clark Wieneke continued to light up the field, this time for 166 yards on 24 carries but without a touchdown, in a 24-7 Anoka loss Sept. 27.

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