One year after Spring Lake Park ended Andover’s season with a one-point win, the roles were reversed as No. 2 seed Andover topped No. 3 Spring Lake Park 33-32 in overtime in the Section 4-5A championship game played at Andover Nov. 1.
Spring Lake Park ended top-seed Mahtomedi’s season with a 15-14 win in the Section 4-4A semifinal Oct. 26.
No. 4 seed Spring Lake Park blanked No. 5 Robbinsdale Copper 29-0 in the Section 4-AAAAA quarterfinals at Spring Lake Park Oct. 22. Panthers senior Grant Walter continued to make big plays. He not only blocked a second-quarter punt, but scooped up the loose ball and returned it 10 yards for a touchdown and a 29-0 lead by halftime.
For the first time this season, Spring Lake Park defensive coordinator Will Wackman brought doughnuts to help celebrate the Panthers defense’s share of a 52-0 shutout of St. Louis Park Oct. 16.
Before the season Spring Lake Park coach Jeff Schlieff knew the schedule would test his team in many ways.
Spring Lake Park continued to turn its season around with a 41-13 win at North St. Paul Sept. 27. Not only was the win the third in a row for the Panthers, but 41 points equals the previous week’s total (41-20 win against Robbinsdale Cooper).
A 21-point second quarter sparked Spring Lake Park (2-2) to its second win in as many weeks with a 41-20 over Robbinsdale Cooper Sept. 20. The Panthers offense was sparked by performances from running backs Grant Walter, Eji Ejiya and Richie Toweh.
Two of the top Class AAAAA programs in the state over recent seasons opened the 2013 season at Panthers Stadium and Mahtomedi came away with a 22-15 victory over Spring Lake Park.