The second full week of high school football kicks off across the state of Minnesota Friday night. Make sure you tune in to FM 100.3 KFAN radio from 9:00-10:30 p.m. as I'll be recapping all of the scores from across the state. Eden Prairie's Mike Grant and Wayzata's Brad Anderson are scheduled to join the show after their games.
I'm really looking forward to hearing their thoughts about the new-look the entire playoff structure has with the addition of class 6A. 32 teams in the biggest class will compete for eight precious spots in the state tournament. The margin for error for the best teams gets much smaller.
Anyway, onto this week's Fabulous Five Games of the Week.
5. Osseo at Maple Grove
This is a great game. Two really good teams in the balanced Northwest Suburban Conference. Osseo beat the Crimson twice last year, including a 20-14 win in the section semifinals.
4. Marshall at Fairmont
Since the high school football show I host on KFAN is dominated by the metro schools, I still have a solid interest in what happens in the rural areas. This Marshall-Fairmont matchup is really intriguing. Marshall is a good team in 4A while Fairmont is ranked second in 3A. Marshall pounded Fairmont last year, but afterward the Cardinals rattled off 11 straight wins and earned a trip to the state tournament.
3. Edina at Totino-Grace
The Hornets play in the ultra-difficult Lake Conference, so everyone knows they're up to the challenge of playing the No. 1 team in 5A. Totino smashed Coon Rapids last week, but a solid Hornets defense will be tough to score on.
2. Glencoe-Silver Lake at Hutchinson
Not only is this a tradition-rich rivalry, it's also the first time I can remember both teams competing in the same class. GSL has been a 3A power for years, but 2012 marks a jump up to class 4A with Hutchinson. Plus, because they're in the same section this could decide the top seed for the section tournament.
1. Mounds View at Cretin-Derham Hall
It's one of the best rivalries in the state and there's a good chance this isn't the last time these two meet this season. Once again they're considered the top two teams in their section -- section 4AAAAAA. It doesn't take a brainiac to figure out there's a good chance the winner of this game ends up being the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. On top of all of that, fans get a chance to see Raiders star James Onwualu -- maybe the best skill player in the state.