Polars, Pioneers set for week-five gridiron showdown

The football teams from North High School and Hill-Murray both went winless through the first three weeks of the regular season. Regardless of what happened in week four, one of the two will have a victory after week five.

North hosts Hill-Murray on Friday for homecoming. 

The Polars beat Hill-Murray in 2015 for their first win over the Pioneers since 2009. In between North’s wins in the series, the two teams did not play in 2010 or 2011 and Hill-Murray won three years in a row starting in 2012.

Last year’s game was a defensive battle — North won 9-0 — and this year could be same. Neither team’s offense has been able to put up many points thus far. Both teams are averaging 10 points per game through three weeks.

North hosted Tartan in week three and lost 41-13. 

Tartan jumped out to a 13-0 lead after one quarter and North got on the board midway through the second on a 12-yard touchdown run by Ken Kamoga.

Any momentum North gained by the score was short-lived as Tartan returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown.

Tartan scored twice in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.

North added a nine-yard touchdown by Fisayo Oduyemi in the fourth quarter.

Hill-Murray fell to 0-3 with a 23-7 loss to Hastings. The Pioneers debuted Mary, Queen of Victory, Stadium in front of an overflow crowd.

Hastings opened the scoring early in the second quarter but Hill-Murray responded three minutes before halftime on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Jack Still to Anthony Hurley.

The score was tied at halftime but Hill-Murray was unable to generate any points in the second half. Hastings took the lead for good on a 44-yard, third-quarter touchdown run and tacked on 10 more points in the fourth quarter.

Still finished with 110 yards on 12-for-18 passing. Eric Cote caught five passes for 24 yards and Hurley made two catches for 35 yards. Patrick Kennedy reached the century mark in rushing yards on 21 carries.

Following week five, North is on the road at Mahtomedi and Hastings before closing out the regular season at home against Park-Cottage Grove. Hill-Murray comes home in week six to host Park-Cottage Grove and then finishes the regular season with games at Simley and South St. Paul.

North visited Henry Sibley and Hill-Murray hosted Mahtomedi in week four, past the deadline for this edition of the Review.


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


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