Football University Team of the Week Nominees: Week 4
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Minneapolis North – W, 72-13 over Breck
The Polars were down 7-0 after only 21 seconds of Saturday’s game, but then proceeded to score the next 58 points in a huge statement win over previously-unbeaten Breck.
Junior quarterback Armon Dalton threw four touchdown passes — including a pair to Tayler Johnson – and significantly outplayed Breck’s David Roddy, who was intercepted four times. Eli Campbell recorded two of the interceptions, while Omar Brown registered a 37-yard pick-six in the second quarter.
The Polars defense also stuffed the Mustangs ground game, holding them to only six yards on 15 carries. The win was Minneapolis North’s 29th in its last 30 games. It was also the 12th-straight game in which Charles Adams’ team held an opponent to 15 points or less.
Winona – W, 38-13 over No. 3 (5A) Mankato West
The Winhawks avenged last season’s close loss to the Scarlets in convincing fashion, scoring the final 21 points of the game to remain undefeated and at the top of both the Big Southeast District, and Class AAAA.
Winona’s defense was impressive in the victory. The unit picked off four Jack Foster passes and held the West offense to just 217 total yards. Terrell Hall grabbed two interceptions, returning one 17 yards for a touchdown that iced the game midway through the fourth quarter.
Nick Fratzke and Dan Jonsgaard led Winona in tackles with 12 and 11, respectively. On offense, senior Robert Warren rushed for 176 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Riley Bosteter factored into three total touchdowns, including two on the ground.
Roseau – W, 9-8 over Eveleth-Gilbert
The Rams kicked a fourth-quarter field goal to earn their first win of the 2017 season – their first victory in more than 1,100 days and 29 games.
Roseau lost a tough overtime game to Warroad in the season opener, but came through in the clutch in Week 4. Trailing 8-0 at the half, Nathan Adrian’s 10-yard touchdown run trimmed the Golden Bears lead to 8-6 in the third quarter. Hunter Nelson kicked a 30-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to give the Rams a one-point lead they would not relinquish.
Adrian finished with 115 yards rushing and the lone score. Senior Nels Braaten led the defense with two interceptions, helping coach Jeremy Lindemann to his first victory.
Coon Rapids – W, 14-12 over No. 7 (5A) Irondale
Earlier this season, Coon Rapids snapped a 22-game losing streak. Now, the Cardinals have a three-game winning streak after upsetting Irondale on Homecoming.
The Cardinals never trailed, using a first-quarter score from Myles Taylor, and a third-quarter touchdown pass from Tyler George to Carter Geyer to take a 14-6 lead into the final quarter.
Although Irondale would return a blocked punt for touchdown, the Cardinals defense made the lead stand by stopping the two-point conversion. The Cardinals three victories are the program’s most since 2013, a credit to first-year coach Mal Edwards, and a more balanced regular-season schedule in the Suburban District.
Pine Island – W, 14-9 over No. 4 (3A) Stewartville
A defensive battle in Pine Island came down to the final play, and the Panthers’ Keegan Majerus was there to save the day.
The senior’s interception in the end zone stopped Stewartville’s comeback attempt and preserved a 14-9 Pine Island upset victory. The interception came one play after Stewartville’s go-ahead touchdown was negated by a holding penalty.
Majerus also made his mark on offense, combining for 248 total yards (205 pass, 43 rush) and a touchdown. Josh Navratil gained 55 yards and a score on the ground, while also posting four tackles and 1.5 sacks on defense to help the Panthers even their record at 2-2.