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August 2, 2014

BMTN Preview: Fabulous Five high school football games of the week

Tune in Friday night from 9:00-10:00 p.m. as BMTN’s Joe Nelson recaps all of the state’s high school football action on FM 100.3 KFAN. After tonight the prep football schedule enters the second half of season. Next week’ Joe Nelson will put together his “Teams of the First Half,”, but for now here are is Fabulous Five games of the week.

5. Woodbury at East Ridge
A couple of big schools that aren’t ranked in the top ten. I love putting battles between ranked teams in my Fab Five, but this game features a couple of schools that can compete with most schools in the state. I like East Ridge in this game. The Raptors started three sophomores on the offensive line last year, and that experience will begin paying off. Their two losses this season have come at the hands of 6A powers Cretin-Derham Hall and Mounds View. Keep in mind that East Ridge is a 5A school — a very dangerous one at that.

4. Minnetonka @ Edina
Both schools feature solid football teams. Unfortunately, neither team is a favorite in the ultra-tough Lake Conference. This game will likely hold a lot of weight in deciding the third and fourth seeds in section six, 6A. Eden Prairie and Wayzata will likely claim the top two seeds in section six, but the Skippers and Hornets are solid teams capable of upsetting anyone. I expect this game to go down to the wire.

3. Eden Prairie at Hopkins
It’s a battle of undefeated Lake Conference teams. Even though the Royals are 4-0, they’re still a big underdog against the defending 5A champs. Last year when these teams met the Eagles cruised to a 56-7 victory. It’s possible that it happens again, but don’t count Hopkins completely out just yet.

2. South St. Paul @ Mahtomedi
Mahtomedi is back on track after an opening week loss to Chisago Lakes. Not only this this a big Classic Suburban Conference game for both teqms, but the Zephyrs also need to look at this as a tuneup for Class 5A opponent St. Thomas Academy next week. South St. Paul is coming off a shutout win over Irondale, so the Packers will be confident going into this one.

1. Glencoe-Silver Lake @ New London-Spicer
Huge game in the Wright County Conference. GSL is off to a 2-1 one start, with it’s only loss coming to 4A power Hutchinson. NLS, meanwhile, was in the Prep Bowl just two years ago, and they’re still very competitive. If NLS can upset the No. 8 team in Class 4A they’ll be considered the favorites in the Wright County Conference – West division. Annandale is very good, as well, but the winner of the this game will hold the advantage.