A look back at who’s hot, who’s on top, who is emerging and who to look for heading into another week of Minnesota high school football.
The Fab Five
1. Mounds View making move: The Suburban East is traditionally one of the tougher Twin Cities conferences, and things don’t appear to be different this year. Cretin-Derham Hall is ranked No. 3 in the state, led by quarterback Mark Alt and the nation’s top recruit, OL Seantrel Henderson. Stillwater, meanwhile, is 3-0 and ranked No. 6 in the state. Woodbury was a preseason top-10 team, but has since fallen out of the polls.
2. Marquardt, Champlin Park produce: Brandon Marquardt entered the season as one of the top returning backs in the Twin Cities, and was one of many players who helped the Rebels enter the season ranked in the top 10 in the state. Marquardt delivered in a key Northwest Suburban Conference game against Anoka on Friday, scoring four touchdowns in a 35-28 win. Marquardt scored on runs of 1, 25 and 1 yards, and returned a kickoff 99 yards for a score. He scored three of the game’s last four touchdowns, including the 1-yard run in the fourth quarter that gave Champlin Park the win. The Rebels face Blaine on Friday in another tough early-season test.