Elk River spoiled Coon Rapids’ home opener with a 47-0 shutout victory at Cardinals Stadium in the Northwest Suburban Conference opener Thursday.
Seniors Tykeise Johnson and Austin Anda return for what will be a third varsity season in the backfield for an offense that showed glimpses of its potential last fall, winning only three games during a season that opened and closed in Fridley at Totino-Grace and are off the 2014 schedule.
Coon Rapids’ (3-5) hopes of winning a Section 5-6A game were dashed in an opening round with a 51-23 loss at Totino-Grace Oct. 25 in a rematch of the season opener in Fridley.
Coon Rapids ended the regular season on a high-note with a 23-20 win against Centennial Oct. 16. The second win in three weeks gave the Cardinals a sense of confidence with a close Northwest Suburban Conference victory.
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.
Champlin Park running back Datrice Mulsumo sliced his way through the Coon Rapids defense for five touchdowns and 297 yards rushing in Friday’s 38-22 win for the Rebels.