Huskies, Centaurs renew acquaintances in week six

At this point of the regular season a year ago, the St. Anthony Village High School football team was still in search of its first victory of the season. The Huskies are in the same boat in 2016 and the same opponent awaits them in week six.

Following last week’s loss to St. Paul Highland Park in the Scots’ homecoming game, St. Anthony returns to Dennison Field for its own homecoming celebration. Paying the Huskies a visit on Friday is Brooklyn Center, which lost to St. Anthony 27-13 in week six last year.

The Huskies and Centaurs have a rivalry dating back to the Metro Alliance Conference and their previous stint in the Tri-Metro Conference before that. In recent years, the series has been fairly one-sided with St. Anthony winning all but once in the last 14 years.

St. Anthony enters Friday’s game having won the last two meetings between the two teams. Brooklyn Center’s lone win in the series in the past 15 years came in 2013. 

Neither team is riding a huge wave of momentum into the game but Brooklyn Center does hold the advantage in overall record. The Centaurs (2-3) have a pair of wins to their credit so far this season after taking down Minneapolis Roosevelt and Minneapolis Edison in weeks three and four, respectively. Brooklyn Center also beat those teams last year and finished with three victories.

St. Anthony enters week six trying to shake off the effects of its previous game. The Huskies tied its season-high for points in a game but also gave up the most points it has all season in a single contest. Highland Park pulled away in the third quarter and beat the Huskies 64-28.

Four times the Huskies trailed by 14 points and were able to make it a one-score game again but the fifth time the Scots went ahead by two touchdowns St. Anthony didn’t have an answer.

Highland Park opened the scoring with a pair of long (65 and 55 yards) touchdown runs in the first quarter before St. Anthony got on the board. Vincent Favorite made it 14-7 on a three-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and also scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter. 

St. Anthony added a 39-yard passing touchdown in the second quarter but couldn’t prevent the Scots from getting one final score before halftime.

The Huskies opened the second-half scoring on Alaaldin Soltan’s 23-yard touchdown run but would not score again. From there, Highland Park scored four third-quarter touchdowns and added a 22-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.

The 64 points was the most St. Anthony has given up in a single game since losing 65-14 to DeLaSalle in week four of the 2008 season.

Following the Brooklyn Center game this week, St. Anthony hosts Fridley in week seven and visits Minneapolis Southwest to close out the regular season in week eight. Southwest was one of three teams the Huskies defeated in 2015.


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



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