Beacons can make state without playing true road game

Brian Meyers
sports writer

Despite a losing regular-season record, the Concordia Academy football team faces a favorable road to the state tournament. The Beacons are seeded second in Section 4AA and can get to state without playing a true road game in the playoffs. Concordia (3-5) hosts seventh-seeded St. Paul Humboldt (1-7) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. and with a victory in that game will also play at home in the second round on Saturday afternoon.

The section final is scheduled for Oct. 31 at St. Cloud State University.Concordia closed out the regular season last Wednesday with a 42-7 loss to Tri-Metro East Conference champion St. Croix Lutheran. The Beacons fell behind 14-0 in the first quarter before getting on the board via Austin Moldenhauer’s 70-yard touchdown run.

That would be it for scoring for the Beacons, however. St. Croix answered the Concordia score with a 95-yard kickoff-return touchdown and three more scores after the first quarter.

The loss dropped Concordia below .500 (3-5) but not out of the No. 2 spot in the section seedings. The Humboldt team that comes to Concordia on Tuesday finished last in the six-team St. Paul City Conference. The Hawks’ lone victory this season came in week one against Minneapolis Edison, which in the No. 8 seed in Section 4AA.

Humboldt averaged just seven points per game while giving up an average of 38 during the regular season. In their seven losses, the Hawks lost by an average score of 42-6.

Concordia’s second-round opponent is likely to be third-seeded Maple Lake (4-4), which won four of its first five games but enters the post-season on a three-game losing streak. One of the Irish’s victories this season was a 28-21 win over Tri-Metro Conference team St. Anthony Village. Maple Lake hosts sixth-seeded Spectrum on Tuesday.

On the other side of the bracket, top-seeded St. Agnes opens against Minneapolis Edison and fourth-seeded Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted hosts fifth-seeded Brooklyn Center.

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com.

 

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