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.
One week after Coon Rapids senior receiver Alex Boxwell set a new school receiving yards record (212), he didn’t catch a pass against Anoka (1-5) in a 13-10 win that spoiled the Tornadoes Homecoming game at Goodrich Field Oct. 4.
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.
At the end of 48 minutes, Anoka (1-0) walked away from Park Center (0-1) with a 44-13 Northwest Suburban Conference win. It took Anoka more than a quarter to figure things out as the Pirates led 7-0 after the first 12 minutes.
The final night of the regular season saw Blaine top Anoka and No. 2 ranked Spring Lake Park finished off a perfect regular season with a 29-20 win at St. Francis in a North Suburban Conference contest.