Saturday, September 26, 2009

Minnesota: Mounds View football on the move

Jackson County Central, Holy Family also among the headline-makers this week.

Thursday, September 24, 2009
By: Matt Krumrie

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.

One team that is poised to crack the top 10 this week is Mounds View. The Mustangs, who host Hastings on Friday, opened with a win over Roseville, then lost to Stillwater 19-7 before rolling over Woodbury 35-7. The Mustangs, led by coach Jim Galvin, have been paced on offense by quarterback Jacke Carroll, who has thrown for 328 yards, and running back Kyle Mauricio, who has run for 188 yards on the season. The real story for Mounds View, however, may be its defense, which is allowing only 8.3 points per game. If Mounds View can survive a manageable midseason schedule, an Oct. 14 game against Cretin-Derham Hall could loom large.

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.

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