Prep football regular season wraps up this week

The high school football regular season has reached week eight, which means games on Wednesday because of the teachers’ convention. It also means that teams have one more chance to prepare for the post-season.

Here’s a look at where the Review-area teams stand heading into their final regular-season games.

 

Hill-Murray

 

The Pioneers have the honor of facing a No. 1-ranked team in week eight. 

Hill-Murray plays at South St. Paul on Wednesday, Oct. 19. The Packers, unbeaten through week six, were the top-ranked team in Class AAAA last week after beating Tartan by 36 points.

Hill-Murray also suffered through a lopsided loss in week six. The Pioneers hosted Park-Cottage Grove on Oct. 7 and fell 52-13.

After surrendering the first score of the game in the first quarter, Hill-Murray answered with a touchdown to open the second-quarter scoring. Patrick Kennedy got the Pioneers on the board via his seven-yard touchdown run.

The Wolfpack responded by scoring five times before the second quarter ended. Park’s second-quarter scores came on runs of 68, 66, 33, 52 and 25 yards.

The second half was more quiet as Park added a third-quarter field goal and a fourth-quarter touchdown. 

Hill-Murray’s lone second-half score came in the third quarter when Kennedy scored from nine yards out.

Park’s offense was nearly unstoppable as the Wolfpack rolled up 496 yards -- 250 passing, 246 rushing.

The Pioneers played at Simley in week seven, past the deadline for this edition of the Review.

Once the regular season concludes, Hill-Murray will begin preparing for the playoffs. The Pioneers play in Section 3AAAA, which also includes Simley, South St. Paul, St. Paul Harding, St. Paul Johnson and New Life Academy/St. Croix Prep.

 

North

 

After picking up victory No. 1 of the season in a week-five win over Hill-Murray, the Polars squared off against Mahtomedi in week six. The Zephyrs, ranked fourth last week, stayed unbeaten by downing North 35-7.

Mahtomedi wasted little time taking control as it rattled off three first-quarter touchdowns on runs of six, 16, and 21 yards. The Zephyrs added two second-half touchdowns to run their lead to 35 points.

North got on the board in the fourth quarter on a one-yard touchdown run by Ryan Demuth.

The Polars put up 271 yards of offense, led by Fisayo Oduyemi, who rushed for 103 yards on 21 carries. Demuth added 78 yards and the touchdown on 17 carries.

North visited Hastings in week seven, past the deadline for this edition of the Review.

The Polars close out the regular season on Oct. 19 with a home game against Park-Cottage Grove. Barring a long post-season run and some upsets, Wednesday will be North’s final home game of the season.

Next week, North heads into the Section 4AAAAA playoffs. Other members of the section include Mahtomedi, Minneapolis Washburn, St. Paul Central, Tartan and SMB (St. Paul Academy, Minnehaha Academy, Blake).

 

Tartan

 

Depending on how week seven went, the Titans head into week eight with a chance at either a winning regular-season record or a .500 regular-season record. The last time Tartan accomplished either was in 2013.

Tartan wraps up the regular season on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at home against Hastings.

Through six games, Tartan had yet to see its record drop below .500. A week-five win over Simley bumped the Titans above .500 but a week-six, 56-20 loss to South St. Paul dropped them back to even at 3-3.

South St. Paul, the top-ranked team in the state in Class AAAA, has had a handful of close games this season but its match-up with Tartan wasn’t one of them. The Packers scored the first six touchdowns of the game and led 42-7 at halftime.

South St. Paul scored twice in the first quarter and four times in the second. All six touchdowns came on runs and none was longer than 14 yards.

Tartan’s lone first-half touchdown came on a 44-yard run by Marco Hernandez.

The Titans opened the second-half scoring on an 80-yard punt return by Tristan Weaver. South St. Paul added two more touchdown runs in the third quarter.

Tartan closed out the scoring on a one-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown pass from Hernandez to Benjamin Bruhn.

Tartan visited St. Thomas Academy in week seven, past the deadline for this edition of the Review.

Next week, Tartan heads into the Section 4AAAAA playoffs. Other members of the section include Mahtomedi, Minneapolis Washburn, North, St. Paul Central and SMB (St. Paul Academy, Minnehaha Academy, Blake).

 

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

 

 

East Metro Red District week eight schedule

Hastings at Tartan

Henry Sibley at St. Thomas Academy

Hill-Murray at South St. Paul

Mahtomedi at Simley

Park-Cottage Grove at North

 

East Metro Red District week five results

Mahtomedi 31, Hastings 14

East Metro Red District week six results

Henry Sibley 28, Simley 3

Mahtomedi 35, North 7

Park-Cottage Grove 52, Hill-Murray 13

St. Thomas Academy 35, Hastings 27

South St. Paul 56, Tartan 20

 

 

East Metro Red District standings
(Through week six)

 

Mahtomedi 

South St. Paul

Park-Cottage Grove 

Henry Sibley

St. Thomas Academy 

Tartan 

Hastings

North 

Simley 

Hill-Murray

Dist. 

6-0

6-0

5-1

3-3

3-3

3-3

2-4

1-5

1-5

0-6

Overall

6-0

6-0

5-1

3-3

3-3

3-3

2-4

1-5

1-5

0-6

Games behind

-

-

1

3

3

3

4

5

5

6

  

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