Ranked football foe visits Beacons in week seven

Minnesota Vikings fullback Zach Line visited football practice at Concordia Academy Oct. 4.

A notable visitor showed up at practice

Picking up victory No. 2 hasn’t been easy for the Concordia Academy football team. The Beacons got their first win in week one but have struggled since then.

Earning a win in week seven won’t be easy either as a top-five ranked opponent pays a visit. Concordia Academy hosts Mound Westonka on Friday, Oct. 14.

The White Hawks were unbeaten through the first five weeks of the season and were ranked No. 4 in Class AAAA on Oct. 5. They hosted Minneapolis Henry last week, past the deadline for this edition of the Review.

Mound Westonka’s week-five victory over Breck ran its regular-season winning streak to 13 games. The White Hawks were a perfect 8-0 in the regular season last year.

Through five games this season, the White Hawks were outscoring their opponents by more than 36 points per game. They were averaging 44.8 points per contest while holding their opponents to just over eight points a game.

Their closest game in the first five weeks was a 37-21 win over St. Anthony Village in week one. After that, they won their next four games by 38, 49, 34 and 46 points.

Mound Westonka beat Concordia Academy 58-14 in week seven last season.

Concordia Academy played its best game of the season in week five against St. Paul Como Park but couldn’t quite pull out the victory. The Beacons led at halftime before falling behind in the third quarter. They got to within two late in the third but couldn’t come up with a go-ahead score and fell 28-26.

The Beacons got off to a good start against Como Park as Cooper Wood opened the scoring on a 53-yard touchdown run. The Cougars answered later in the first quarter to take a 7-6 lead.

Concordia Academy scored twice in the second quarter. Casey Hackett found Nolan Harre for a 15-yard touchdown pass and also hit Brandon Lively for the two-point conversion.

Following a Como Park touchdown run, the Beacons closed out the first-half scoring on a five-yard touchdown run by Jordan Osby. 

Como Park scored twice in the third quarter to open up an eight-point lead.

Concordia Academy answered later in the third on Hackett’s 52-yard touchdown run to make it a two-point game. The Beacons tried for two but were stopped short.

Neither team was able to generate any points in the fourth quarter and that allowed Como Park (2-3) to escape with the victory.

Concordia Academy played at Columbia Heights in week six. Results were not available for this edition of the Review. The Hylanders entered the game having won two in a row after starting the season on a three-game losing streak.

Columbia Heights beat Breck in week four and knocked off previously unbeaten Minneapolis Henry in week five.


Beacons have a visitor

Football practice at Concordia Academy on Oct. 4 turned out to be a little bit different. The Beacons went through their usual workout under the watchful eye of a Minnesota Viking.

Zach Line, a fullback for the Vikings, paid a visit to Concordia’s practice. In addition to observing, Line addressed the players and coaches, answered questions and signed autographs. He also ran some drills with the seventh and eighth-grade team.

“Zach’s message about overcoming adversity, working hard and never taking a play off made an impact on the players,” said Concordia Academy head coach Bob Wolf. “Hearing him talk about his experiences playing high school sports was also inspirational to them. It was definitely a practice they won’t forget.” 


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


Twin City Red District
week seven schedule

Breck at SMB

Columbia Heights at St. Paul Como Park

Minneapolis Henry at Providence Academy

Mound Westonka at Concordia Academy


Twin City Red District
week five results

Columbia Heights 22, Minneapolis Henry 21

Mound Westonka 53, Breck 7

St. Paul Como Park 28, Concordia Academy 26



East Metro Blue District standings
(Through week three)


Mound Westonka 
Columbia Heights
Minneapolis Henry 
St. Paul Como Park 
Concordia Academy





Games behind

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