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.
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.
Down 13-0 less than three minutes into the Class 5A state quarterfinal, Andover (7-4) looked to be headed in the wrong direction against Chaska (11-0) in a blustery Kuhlman Stadium in Edina Nov. 9.
If Andover’s Section 4-5A opening round 42-3 win against Irondale is a sign of things to come, whoever plays the No. 2 seed in the final might want to take notice.
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.
For the second week in a row Andover was kept to one score, this time at the hands of Totino-Grace at Huskies Stadium, 39-6 on Oct. 4.
Andover’s offense was frustrated by Osseo’s pass rush that disrupted the rhythm of one of the top offenses through the first four weeks of the football season in Osseo’s 20-7 victory at the Orioles home field Sept. 27.