All eyes will be on Edina's Quinn Carroll, who is shaping up to be one of the most sought-after prospects in the last two decades of Minnesota high school football. This will be the toughest test for Carroll and the Hornets offensive line in 2017 as they try to open holes for junior running back Matt Cavanagh.
The Skippers have plenty of defensive talent led by linebacker Ty Barron, who holds a couple Division-II scholarship offers as well as a FCS offer from Cornell. Junior quarterback Aaron Syverson has emerged as a big-time playmaker on offense.
A weather forecast of a soggy evening in Minnetonka should make things even more interesting between the two rivals. -- Ryan Burns (@RyanBurnsMN), NFN Recruiting Analyst
When the 6A teams are seeded for the playoffs in a couple weeks, tonight’s clash at Lakeville North will go a long way toward shaping up the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds.
How tough is the Panthers’ defense? Take away the 41 points they allowed to Eden Prairie and Brian Vossen’s crew has only allowed seven additional points. Maple Grove’s defense has been almost as good. The only two teams that have scored more than two touchdowns on the Crimson are the top two teams ranked in the state.
I will be interested in seeing how North’s offensive lineman and Minnesota-commit Nathan Boe looks. I got the chance to see him without pads at a camp last summer and I am interested to see if what I saw in the offseason translates to live action.
Maple Grove has an offensive lineman who is not too shabby either in JT Awosika. He is a lock to be playing in at least the D-II level in college – he has offers from Bemidji State and most recently Southwest Minnesota State – and will be tested against the multiple looks of the North defense. -- Brian Jerzak (@brijerzak), NFN Staff Writer
Champlin Park will host its homecoming game Friday night against Roseville, a team that has featured one of the state’s most potent offenses this season.
Champlin Park is led by senior quarterback Joey Faulds, who has stepped in for the injured Bennett Otto, and senior running back Ernest Worjloh, who is one of the top big-play threats in the state. The Rebel offense has been a strength all season, while the defense has, at times, shown the potential to shut down the opposition.
Roseville, on the other hand, features a four-headed rushing attack of Zachary Andrade, Brendan McMillan, Luke Bouchart and Victor Yang. While Champlin Park figures to be a tough opponent, Roseville will do what it can to slow down the Rebels offense -- Chris Chesky (@SunSportsChris), NFN Staff Writer
Richfield will play it’s homecoming game against one of the state’s top teams, as Cooper will travel to Spartan Stadium to take on the Spartans Saturday afternoon.
Richfield leans on a balanced offense that is led by the quarterback-wide receiver tandem of seniors Caleb Carlson and Emmanuel Blackshear, while running back Jevonte Howard is coming off a strong performance against Holy Angels last week and has thrived in his first year as a starter.
Cooper will look to repeat the damage Holy Angels did to the Richfield pass defense last week, as Holy Angels threw for four touchdowns against the Spartans. With quarterback Cameron King leading the Cooper offense and with Pedro Amoussou, Phoenix Sproles, and others set to receive passes, the Hawks will look to pick up their sixth straight win. -- Chris Chesky (@SunSportsChris), NFN Staff Writer
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