On paper it looked like Anoka was headed to its sixth loss of the season, this time at the hands of an Elk River squad coming off a 5-0 start before a 35-7 loss to Totino-Grace one week earlier.
Anoka’s (1-5) woes began on the opening drive of a 27-0 loss to neighboring Andover (2-4) to dash hopes of a Tornadoes win for homecoming Friday.
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.
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.
For the last five weeks, Anoka Ramsey Athletic Association football coaches gathered on the practice fields west of Anoka High School.
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.