North St. Paul (3-3, 2-3 Classic Suburban) vs. Saint Thomas Academy (5-1, 4-1 Classic Suburban): The Saint Thomas Academy Cadets will aim for their fifth straight win on Friday night, as they take on the North St. Paul Polars in Mendota Heights. The Cadets have won their past four games by an average score of 49-16, including a 50-6 victory at Richfield last week. North St. Paul, meanwhile, looks to rebound following last week’s loss to Simley, 34-28. The Polars had won two in a row before losing last week. This is the first time in four weeks that North St. Paul has had to go on the road, as they haven’t played a road game since September 12 at Mahtomedi. Saint Thomas Academy won last season’s match-up between the two teams 42-27 in a game that was also played at Saint Thomas Academy. Justin Schmitt and James Brown have the call for MSBN.
Rosemount (5-1, 5-0 Lake) vs. Apple Valley (3-3, 3-2 Lake): The Rosemount Irish will continue their march towards a possible Lake Conference title on Friday, as they will head to Apple Valley to take on the Eagles, who are struggling as of late. Following their 35-7 victory over Lakeville North last week, the Irish find themselves at 5-0 in the Lake Conference, tied with Eden Prairie for first place. Since Rosemount does not play Eden Prairie this season, both teams could end up with undefeated conference records and split the title. Every other team in the conference has at least two losses in conference play this season, and one of them is Apple Valley. The Eagles have fallen on hard times after starting the season 3-0, losing their last three games, including a 28-8 loss at Lakeville South last week. These two teams played a very competitive game last season, with Rosemount coming out on top by a final of 28-23. Darrel Bimberg, Shane Reynolds, and Adric Bergan will have the call from Apple Valley for the Minnesota Sports Broadcast Network.
Blaine (5-1, 5-1 Northwest Suburban) vs. Andover (3-3, 3-3 Northwest Suburban): It’s a battle of two first-division schools in the Northwest Suburban Conference on Friday night, when the Blaine Bengals meet the Andover Huskies. The Bengals are tied for first place in the Northwest Suburban Conference through six games, holding a 5-1 conference mark with both Osseo and Champlin Park. Blaine has avenged their only loss this season (a 21-7 loss to Champlin Park) by winning their next two games vs. Anoka (42-0) and Maple Grove (23-6). Meanwhile, the Huskies got back on the winning track last week, defeating Anoka 42-22 following two close losses to Coon Rapids (24-19) and Champlin Park (14-7). Andover has won the last three games vs. the Bengals, including twice last season, when Andover won the regular season contest 14-10, and a second round playoff game, 13-7. Scott Dahl and Steve Pesek will have the call of the game for MSBN.
Maple Grove (1-5, 1-5 Northwest Suburban) vs. Centennial (2-4, 2-4 Northwest Suburban): The Maple Grove Crimson will try to break a three-game losing streak on Friday night in Circle Pines, as they take on the Centennial Cougars. The Crimson have lost their previous three games by an average margin of 32-11 since their only win of the season, a 47-7 victory at Park Center. Meanwhile, the Cougars had a hard-luck loss last week, losing their homecoming game to the Osseo Orioles 21-20. That loss broke a two-game winning streak for the Cougars, who are looking to finish at .500 for the first time since 2005, when the Cougars advanced to the Section 4AAAAA final before losing to Mounds View, 36-21. Maple Grove won last season’s match-up vs. Maple Grove, 14-0. Marcus Dee and Joe Funk will provide the call for MSBN.
Lakeville North (4-2, 4-2 Lake) vs. Eastview (4-2, 4-2 Lake): Two teams with identical records will square off on Friday night in Apple Valley, when the Lakeville North Panthers and the Eastview Lightning line up. Lakeville North looks to rebound in week seven after falling behind 35-0 to the Rosemount Irish en route to a 35-7 loss last week. Meanwhile, the Eastview Lightning is on a bit of a roll, having won two games in a row for the first time this season, including a 22-21 nail-biter over Chaska last week. Eastview won last season’s match-up vs. Lakeville North, 20-14. Joe Michaels will provide the play-by-play of the game, with Jon Wekkin providing color commentary.
Wayzata (6-0, 3-0 Classic Lake) vs. Burnsville (0-6, 0-6 Lake): The Wayzata Trojans look to remain undefeated into the seventh week of the regular season, as they head to Burnsville to take on the winless Blaze. Wayzata has yet to be tested in a close game, winning every game this season by a minimum of 17 points, including a 54-20 victory at Hopkins last week. With an average margin of victory this season of 46-10, the Trojans are positioned to make a deep run into the football playoffs. Meanwhile, the Burnsville Blaze will try to right the ship late in the season after starting the season at 0-6, including a 28-6 loss to Bloomington Jefferson last week. In Burnsville’s six losses, the Blaze have scored just three offensive touchdowns, losing games by an average margin of 32-4, and have been shut out three times this season. Mike Jungblut and Pete Cummings will have the call of the game for MSBN.
Lakeville South (4-2, 3-2 Lake) vs. Eagan (3-3, 2-3 Lake): Two Lake Conference teams coming off victories will square off in Eagan on Friday night, as the Lakeville South Cougars take on the Eagan Wildcats. The Cougars will try and build off a 28-8 victory over the Apple Valley Eagles, in which the Lakeville South jumped out to a 21-0 lead en route to the victory. Eagan, on the other hand, is looking for a more than a victory on Friday. The Wildcats, now 3-3, are looking for their first non-losing season since 2003, and can secure that with a victory over the Cougars. Eagan has also won two games in a row for the first time since 2005, following a 28-13 win over Bloomington Kennedy last week. Lakeville South and Eagan have only played once previously, when Lakeville South eked out a victory over Eagan last season, 20-19. Joe Moore and Adam Hill will have the call of the game for MSBN.
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