Prep football: Fab Five games of week 8


The final week of the high school football regular season is upon us, and because of MEA, most of the games will be played Wednesday night.

There are a bunch of outstanding games -- games that will decide conference champions -- so let's get started with the five best.

St. Michael-Albertville @ Rogers: The winner of this game claims the Mississippi 8 conference title and the probable No. 1 seed in Class 5A, section 6. STMA is allowing less than 9 points a game while Rogers is scoring nearly 50 points a game.

St. Thomas Academy @ South St. Paul: The Packers can clinch the Classic Suburban title with a win. The Cadets earn a share of the title with a win, although they would own permanent bragging rights over South St. Paul because the conference ends following the current high school sports season. I don't think South St. Paul can fall out of its No. 1 spot in the Class 4A, section 4. STA is jockeying for position in Class 5A, section 5.

Lakeville North @ Rosemount: This will most likely be a hard-hitting, low-scoring battle for the top spot in the South Suburban conference (although Rosemount played on fewer conference game than North). This will also decide the No. 1 seed in Class 6A, section 3. The question is whether Lakeville North's top scoring defense can slow down Rosemount's fourth-ranked scoring offense. I see this one playing out in the 20-17 range.

Benilde-St. Margaret's @ Spring Lake Park: Forget about sharing conference titles, the winner of this one takes the outright North Suburban crown. The Panthers have won five straight after starting the season 0-2. The Red Knights have a high-powered offense that will cause problems for teams in the Class 4A section playoffs.

Osseo @ Totino-Grace: Two of the best in the state meet with unblemished records in the Northwest Suburban conference. Osseo might have the best offense in the state. They can run and throw, and they play great defense (16.3 PAA). Totino-Grace lost to Eden Prairie earlier this season, but that's the only team they've faced with a winning record.

Next Up

Knuth - Nezhad - side by side

Frey challengers Knuth, Nezhad agree to rank each other 2nd

They're urging supporters to do the same on Nov. 2.

Jerome Horton - Sherburne Co. Jail - CROP

Charges: Man lied to buy gun later used by St. Paul mass shooting suspect

He's accused of making false statements during the purchase of a firearm.

Screen Shot 2021-06-04 at 6.30.24 AM

BCA releases investigative file in Winston Smith's shooting death

The file contains 1,000 pages of documents, hundreds of photos and dozens of audio files.


Fire at Mpls. pizza joint weeks after opening, owners suspect arson

The owners arrived at work Tuesday to find the building on fire.

vaccine, covid

New COVID charts show hospitalization, death rates based on vaccine status

The unvaccinated are far more likely than the fully vaccinated to become hospitalized or die.

Flickr - Superior National Forest Boundary Waters

White House begins process to ban new mining near BWCAW

The stated goal is to protect the "unique natural wonder" of the BWCAW.

Autumn Merrick, Autumn Rose Merrick

Man charged in shootout, crash that killed 18-year-old on scooter

Autumn Rose Merrick was with a friend near the Holiday gas station.

D Quagon - DOC photo

DOC searching for convicted sex offender who has gone on the run

The recently released man removed his GPS monitoring device.