Beacons fall in wild homecoming contest

Concordia Academy treated a large homecoming crowd to probably its most entertaining game of the season on Friday. Unfortunately, the Beacons were unable to secure the victory.

Concordia and Columbia Heights combined for a dozen touchdowns with each team scoring six. The difference in the game came down to point-after tries and Columbia Heights used its advantage there to eke out a 42-40 victory.

The Hylanders converted on five of its tries to score six points while the Beacons were successful four times for four points.

Concordia Academy got the night started off right by jumping out to a 14-point lead. Soren Mundfrom scored on runs of five and 32 yards in the first quarter.

Columbia Heights got on the board later in the first and opened a wild second quarter with a game-tying, three-yard touchdown run. By the time the teams headed to the locker room at halftime, five different touchdowns had been scored in the second quarter.

Concordia twice went ahead in the second thanks to Mundfrom's 17-yard touchdown run and a 42-yard touchdown pass from Adam Maser to Brandon Lively. Columbia Heights had an answer both times, however, and held a one-point lead going into the second half.

The Hylanders went up by eight points following a short touchdown run to open the third quarter. Concordia Academy answered with a two-yard scoring run by Cooper Wood but the two-point conversion failed, leaving the Beacons trailing by two.

Columbia Heights went ahead by nine points with a 55-yard touchdown run late in the third.

Wood’s nine-yard touchdown run with two minutes remaining in the game pulled Concordia within two but the Beacons were unable to recover the onside kick on the ensuing kickoff. Concordia did get the ball back with 32 seconds left but was unable to mount one last comeback.

The loss was Concordia Academy's fourth in a row since opening the season with back-to-back victories.

Snapping that losing streak won't be easy this week when the Beacons travel to unbeaten Mound Westonka. The White Hawks, who hadn't won more than two games in a season for the past 10 years, kept their record unblemished with a 28-6 win over previously unbeaten Minneapolis Henry, which thumped Concordia Academy 48-7 in week three.

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

Twin City Red sub-district standings
  Sub. Overall
Mound Westonka 3-0 6-0
Minneapolis Henry 3-1 5-1
Breck 2-2 2-4
St. Paul Como Park 1-2 1-5
Columbia Heights 1-3 3-3
Concordia Academy 1-3 2-4

Twin City Red week seven schedule
Concordia Academy at Mound Westonka
Providence Academy at Minneapolis Henry
St. Paul Academy/Minnehaha Academy/Blake at Breck
St. Paul Como Park at Columbia Heights

Twin City Red week six results
Columbia Heights 42, Concordia Academy 40
Mound Westonka 28, Minneapolis Henry 6
St. Paul Academy/Minnehaha Academy/Blake 44, St. Paul Como Park 7
St. Paul Harding 28, Breck 20


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