Pioneers open playoffs against Johnson

The Hill-Murray football team headed into the playoffs a year ago having not won a regular-season game. The Pioneers went on to upset New Life Academy in the quarterfinals for their only victory of the season.

This year, Hill-Murray avoided going winless in the regular season and now is looking to once again spring a first-round surprise. The opponent this year is St. Paul Johnson, which hosted the Pioneers on Oct. 25.

The winner of the game, which was played after this edition of the Review went to press, advances to the semifinals on Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. against second-seeded New Life Academy.

Hill-Murray is the sixth seed in Section 4AAAA while Johnson is seeded third. South St. Paul earned the No. 1 seed, followed by New Life Academy at No. 2. The other first-round match-up in the section has fifth-seeded Simley visiting fourth-seeded St. Paul Harding.

Johnson (4-4) started out the season with three straight losses to teams that finished the regular season with a combined record of 18-6. The Governors closed out the season by winning four of their last five.

Hill-Murray earned its first regular-season win since 2014 by beating Simley 13-12 in week seven. The Pioneers closed out the regular season last week by losing 28-7 to unbeaten and top-ranked South St. Paul. 


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





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