Unlike their regular season meeting in which 62 points were scored two weeks earlier, the Section 5-6A semifinal between Blaine (6-3) and Centennial (5-4) favored the defenses with the Cougars earning a 17-11 win at Blaine Oct. 25.
Blaine won its third straight game and posted a season-high points total in a 42-20 win at Centennial Oct. 11. The Bengals (5-2) have things going the right direction after back-to-back losses to good Osseo and Maple Grove programs in weeks three and four.
Blaine put two losses behind them while spoiling Coon Rapids’ homecoming game 41-14, Sept. 27. Cardinals Stadium was hoping with a rabid student section proud to share their Cardinal Nation pride throughout the deceptively one-side score.
Through the first quarter of play Blaine appeared to have its Northwest Suburban Conference game against Osseo (3-0) under control, thanks to a 23-yard touchdown run by quarterback Alex Copa followed by a 29-yard field goal from Grant Boege.
Blaine (1-0) held on to win its season opener against Edina (1-1) 21-19 at Bengals Stadium Aug. 29. The meeting was a rematch of a 30-27 Section 5AAAAAA-6AAAAAA contest last season won by Edina at its artificial turf stadium.