Aaron Syverson, QB – Minnetonka (vs Maple Grove) The Minnetonka junior is emerging as the team’s best offensive player after a big performance against Wayzata. His ability to both run and pass gives the Skippers another offensive dynamic as they…
Aaron Syverson, QB – Minnetonka (vs Maple Grove)
The Minnetonka junior is emerging as the team’s best offensive player after a big performance against Wayzata. His ability to both run and pass gives the Skippers another offensive dynamic as they welcome the Crimson to town.
Syverson has completed more than 60 percent of his passes through two games, averaging over 140 yards through the air. He’s yet to throw a touchdown pass, but has already rushed for 265 yards on just 22 carries this season. The outcome of this Friday’s game between the second- and third-ranked teams in Class 6A will likely depend on how well the Maple Grove defense contains the 180-pound signal caller.
Tucker Hart, TE/DE – Delano (at Glencoe-Silver Lake)
The Delano veteran is one of the best defensive linemen in the East Central District. He’s twice earned All-District honors after racking up more than seven sacks and 40 tackles in both of the past two seasons. Hart’s also a receiving threat at tight end on offense. He caught a dozen passes as a junior and has opened the 2017 season with four receptions and a touchdown through two games.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder be a key part of stopping No. 5 (3A) Glencoe-Silver Lake’s option attack. The Tigers and Panthers have split the last two meetings after the old Wright County Conference rivalry was restored in 2015, and you can expect another close contest in Week 3.
DeAndre Hill, RB – Big Lake (vs Hutchinson)
Hutchinson will have its hands full with Hill, who’s in his second year on varsity after seeing time last season as a freshman. Hill has the potential to be one of the top prospects in the Class of 2020 and was recently profiled by Scout.com after his second-straight, 100-yard game in a win over Bemidji.
Early this season, he’s trying to replace Tanner Teige’s production that led the Hornets the past couple years. With three touchdowns and more than a seven yards-per-carry average, he’s off to a good start, but faces a tough test against the No. 4 (4A) Tigers.
Jenson Beachy, QB – Perham (at Pequot Lakes)
Minnesota-commit Logan Richter is the most recognizable name on Perham’s roster, but quarterback Jenson Beachy is another with which people around Minnesota might want to familiarize themselves.
Beachy threw for 250 yards and a score in the Yellowjackets 32-20 win last week against Detroit Lakes. It was the junior’s first career 200-yard passing game in his 11th start, which could be a sign of big things to come.
He’ll lead Perham against Pequot Lakes in a game that will affect postseason seeds in Section 8AAA. The Patriots lost in Perham last season to Beachy and company. They also fell in a heartbreaker last week to Fergus Falls, so revenge will definitely be a factor.
Jack DeWulf, QB/LB – Nevis (vs Waubun)
DeWulf and his teammates have probably had their rematch with Waubun circled on the calendar for months. The Tigers’ section-final collapse from 2016 is surely on everyone’s mind as they get ready to welcome the Bombers to Nevis for a matchup of two ranked opponents in 9-Man.
DeWulf has been more lethal in Nevis’s rushing attack than through the air in 2017. He’s rushed for an average of over 80 yards per game, with three touchdowns. He’s only thrown for one touchdown and 102 yards in the passing game, something that will have to change if the Tigers want to get revenge at home on Friday.