Saturday matinee awaits Huskies

The St. Anthony Village High School football team this week is trading in Friday night lights for Saturday afternoon sunlight. The Huskies kick off at 1 p.m. at St. Paul Highland Park on Saturday as part of the Scots’ homecoming celebration.

St. Anthony also played a Saturday afternoon game last season but that was because of the unusually early start to the season. Prior to last season, the last time the Huskies played a regular-season game on a Saturday afternoon was in 2012.

Neither team has been lighting the world on fire this season. They enter Saturday’s tilt with a combined record of 1-7 and the lone win was Highland Park’s 35-14 victory over St. Paul Como Park (1-3) in its season opener.

Since the Como Park victory, Highland has suffered single-digit losses to Minneapolis Washburn and St. Paul Johnson and was blown out by St. Croix Lutheran.

St. Anthony can relate on a couple of those fronts. The Huskies lost by six to Washburn in week three and lost big to St. Croix Lutheran last week. 

St. Croix Lutheran visited Dennison Field last week and started quickly in beating the Huskies 49-12. The Crusaders returned an interception for a touchdown, blocked a punt and picked off another pass on St. Anthony’s first three possessions to jump out to a 21-0 lead.

Following the third Crusader touchdown, Dan Carpenter got free for a long return on the ensuing kickoff and later caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Josiah Johnson to get St. Anthony on the board.

St. Croix Lutheran, the No. 1-ranked team in the state in Class AAA, tacked on two more scores in the second quarter before St. Anthony got another touchdown right before halftime. The Crusaders did the only scoring in the second half.

After Highland Park, St. Anthony returns home for homecoming on Oct. 7 against Brooklyn Center (2-2) and also hosts Fridley (4-0), ranked fifth in Class AAAA, on Oct. 14. The Huskies then close out the regular season on Oct. 19 at Minneapolis Southwest (1-3).


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



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