More of the same for Mounds View football

The second year of district scheduling is looking much like the first for the Mounds View High School football team. For the second straight year, the Mustangs are 1-1 and the results of those two contests were similar to those of a year ago.

Head coach Jim Galvin said prior to the season that he wouldn’t be surprised if 2016 turned out a lot like 2015 did and through two weeks, he’s right. Mounds View opened the season with a convincing victory over Farmington and then played a close game against East Ridge before falling in week two.

East Ridge paid a visit to Mustang Stadium on Sept. 9 after losing a heartbreaker in week one to Lakeville South. The Raptors lost by one point to the Panthers in overtime when they were unsuccessful on a two-point conversion attempt.

Mounds View entered the game having won in week one but had a tall task in trying to stop East Ridge running back Dominik London, who ran roughshod over the Mustangs in last year’s game. London ran for 195 yards in the Raptors’ victory in 2015 and had another big game last week as East Ridge knocked off Mounds View 24-14.

London, a University of Minnesota commit, racked up 173 rushing yards and scored all three of East Ridge’s touchdowns in the victory. He scored on runs of five and one yard in the first half and sealed the victory with a nine-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.

London’s two scores in the first half gave East Ridge a 14-0 halftime lead and it looked as though Mounds View would have a tough time putting points on the board. That changed in the third quarter, however.

Mounds View scored the only points of the third quarter to tie it at 14-14. Xavier Myles got the Mustangs untracked with a 40-yard touchdown run and later in the quarter Erik Holloman hauled in a seven-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Nickel. Nickel also hit Holloman for a two-point conversion to complete Mounds View’s comeback.

The Mustangs were unable to take the lead, however, as East Ridge regained control in the fourth quarter. The Raptors scored the game-winning points on a 40-yard field goal and salted the game away on London’s touchdown.

Nickel finished the game 10 of 22 passing for 94 yards but was intercepted three times. Myles led the ground attack with 84 yards on 11 carries. Holloman caught four passes for 41 yards.

Week one

Farmington put up more of a fight this time around but in the end Mounds View came away with the week-one victory by a score of 40-27. The 40 points were the most the Mustangs had scored since the second round of the playoffs in 2014 when they thumped Blaine 41-7.

Nickel got his season off to a strong start as he threw for 260 yards and four touchdowns. He opened the scoring by finding Max Janes for a seven-yard score in the first quarter and also hit Janes for another seven-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

Farmington answered with a 43-yard touchdown pass later in the second but Mounds View restored its two-possession lead on Nickel’s 16-yard touchdown run. The score gave Mounds View a 13-point halftime lead.

Mounds View put the game away with a pair of third-quarter scores. Nickel hit Jack Graham for touchdowns of 16 and 77 yards.

Farmington made the score look closer by scoring three fourth-quarter touchdowns while Mounds View’s lone score in the fourth came on a 60-yard run by Luke Gravley.

Gravley’s long scoring run helped give him the team lead in rushing yards with a total of 64. In the receiving department, Graham caught two passes for 93 yards and Janes hauled in four for 89 yards.

 

This week

Mounds View ventures back out on the road in week three to face what should be an invigorated Forest Lake team. That might sound odd considering the Rangers’ recent history but last week might have changed things for them.

Forest Lake enters Friday’s contest having done something in week two that it hadn’t done in a very long time. The Rangers snapped a 41-game losing streak when they took down White Bear Lake 20-14. Prior to last week, Forest Lake’s most recent victory was a one-point win over Roseville on Sept. 30, 2011.

Mounds View enters the game having won its last nine games against Forest Lake. Four of those victories were shutouts. The last time Forest Lake beat the Mustangs was in week three of 2006 when the Rangers laid a 46-7 whipping on Mounds View.

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

East Metro Blue District standings
(through week two)

 

Cretin-Derham Hall 

East Ridge 

Forest Lake 

Stillwater 

Mounds View 

Roseville

White Bear Lake 

Woodbury 

Dist.

1-0

1-0

1-0

1-0

0-1

0-1

0-1

0-1

Overall

2-0

1-1

1-1

2-0

1-1

0-2

0-2

0-2

 

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