Prep football reaches week three already

In a normal year, this would be week one of the regular season for high school football but 2015 is anything but normal. Thanks to a one-year shift in availability of the Prep Bowl venue, Minnesota high school football started two weeks early.

That means that as Roseville Area High School treks to Woodbury and Concordia Academy welcomes Minneapolis Henry, a quarter of the regular season has also been completed. Here’s a look at where the Raiders and Beacons stand heading into week No. 3.

Roseville

Awaiting the Raiders on Thursday is a confident Woodbury team that is 2-0 for the first time since 2009. The Royals opened the season with a 23-21 victory over Eastview and followed that up with a 19-14 win over Cretin-Derham Hall last Friday.

The Royals are the only team in the East Metro Blue sub-district still unbeaten.

Woodbury heads into this week's game looking to snap a four-game losing streak against Roseville. The Raiders beat the Royals 25-14 in week two last season, downed them twice in 2013 and also won the match-up in 2012. Woodbury's most recent win over Roseville was a 37-24 victory in 2011.

Roseville has yet to get its offense going this season. After getting shut out in the season opener against Burnsville, the Raiders avoided that same fate against Stillwater but managed only one touchdown and that came late in the fourth quarter.

Stillwater grabbed a 14-0 lead at halftime thanks to a 46-yard touchdown pass and a one-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. The Ponies scored the only points of the third quarter on a 40-yard field goal.

Roseville scored its first points of the season on a 1-yard touchdown run by Henry Bensen with fewer than four minutes left in the fourth quarter.

The Raiders managed to have a fairly balanced offensive attack against Stillwater as Bensen threw for 193 yards and a trio of backs amassed 170 yards on the ground. Devin Dykes led Roseville with 83 yards on 11 carries while Bensen ran for 63 yards on nine attempts. Dykes also caught six passes for 54 yards while Tyler Olson also made a half-dozen catches for 49 yards.

Concordia Academy

Head coach Bob Wolf said before the season that week two would provide a good indication of where the Beacons stand this year. The fact that Concordia Academy came away with a win to run its record to 2-0 should have the Beacons feeling pretty good about themselves.

Concordia scored a 27-21 victory over Breck in its season home opener on Friday. The win gave the Beacons their second 2-0 start in three seasons.

The Beacons never trailed against Breck, a former Tri-Metro Conference rival. Concordia jumped out to a two-touchdown lead in the first quarter but saw the Mustangs close the gap to one point by halftime.

Concordia added a pair of second-half touchdowns while Breck scored just once after the break.

Junior quarterback Adam Maser got the scoring started with a two-yard touchdown run and then threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to junior tight end Brandon Lively to make it 14-0.

Breck answered with a seven-yard touchdown pass and a 30-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

Concordia got the only points of the third quarter on senior running back Soren Mundfrom's three-yard touchdown run. That put the Beacons up by eight but Breck tied it in the fourth quarter on a six-yard touchdown run and a successful two-point conversion.

With the game knotted at 21-21, Concordia mounted the final scoring drive of the game and capped it off with a 13-yard touchdown run by Mundfrom.

Concordia Academy enters week three as one of three unbeaten teams in the Twin City Red sub-district. Mound Westonka is one of the other undefeated squads, as is Minneapolis Henry, the Beacons' opponent this week.

Henry improved to 2-0 with a 25-0 win over Minneapolis Edison last week. The Patriots also own a win over Minneapolis Southwest so far this season. Edison and Southwest are a combined 0-4 through two weeks while Concordia's victims, Spectrum and Breck, are 1-3.

Henry is looking for its first victory over a team not from the St. Paul or Minneapolis city conferences since beating Mound Westonka in 2006.

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.


East Metro Blue week three schedule
Roseville at Woodbury
Forest Lake at Mounds View
Stillwater at Cretin-Derham Hall
White Bear Lake at East Ridge

East Metro Blue week two results
Stillwater 17, Roseville 7
East Ridge 28, Mounds View 21
White Bear Lake 43, Forest Lake 23
Woodbury 19, Cretin-Derham Hall 14

Twin City Red week three schedule
Minneapolis Henry at Concordia Academy
Breck at St. Paul Como Park
Columbia Heights at New Life Academy
Spectrum at Mound Westonka

Twin City Red week two results
Concordia Academy 27, Breck 21
Minneapolis Henry 25, Minneapolis Edison 0
Mound Westonka 28, Columbia Heights 7
St. Paul Harding 30, St. Paul Como Park 14
 

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