Last week's high school football games were outstanding, although many of them had to pack up their bags and go home early because of frequent lightning threatening safety. Games that were out-of-hand were called early while others, like Lakeville North versus Prior Lake, were delayed multiple times before finally going final around 11 p.m.
The forecast should be much better for tonight's action. BringMeTheNews meteorologist Jerrid Sebesta says it's going to be a beautiful night for football, with temperatures today reaching near 80 degrees. Gorgeous fall weather, really.
Enough about the weather. Here are the top five games tonight.
5. Minneota @ Dawson-Boyd
The Vikings and Blackjacks get together as a pair of top five teams in Class 1A. These two squads have been freaky-good the past five years. Dawson-Boyd went 12-2 and lost to Mahnomen in the Prep Bowl last year. In 2012 they reached the state semifinals and in 2011 they went 14-0 and on a state championship. Minneota was a state champ in 2009, lost in the state semifinals in 2011 and fell to Chatfield in the state title game last year. These truly are a pair of southwest Minnesota powerhouses.
According to Minnesota-Scores.net, Minneota leads the state in scoring, averaging 64.5 points per game. Only Mankato West (61.3) comes close to that mark.
4. Albany @ Becker
Both schools are undefeated in the Granite Ridge Conference – a conference that Becker has dominated since its arrival. The Bulldogs are 19-0 in conference games, according to the St. Cloud Times.
“I don’t think that Albany has ever played here on a Friday night,” said legendary Becker coach Dwight Lundeen. “We used to have a scrimmage that they came to and we’ve seen them in the playoffs a few times, but never under the lights here.”
3. Caledonia @ Chatfield
Caledonia is like the superman of high school football in southeastern Minnesota. Last year, however, Chatfield found the kryptonite and took home something Caledonia had become accustomed to winning – the Class 2A state championship. Caledonia beat Chatfield 19-18 in Week 1 of last year before the Gophers got revenge in the section final, winning 13-10 in overtime.
Other than that loss, Caledonia has won 41 of its last 42 games.
2. Totino-Grace @ Maple Grove
Forget about these schools being the best in the Northwest Suburban Conference, they're two of the best teams in the state. Behind the scenes, however, is a wonderful story about the life Kez Flomo, a dominating running back at Totino-Grace, has led. The Star Tribune's David LaVaque tells the story of Flomo, who is estranged from his father and siblings and hasn't seen his mother in 11 years.
His mother remains in their home country of Liberia, so the only communication they have is via the telephone – once a month.
“That’s how I get my anger out, by playing these sports,” Flomo said. “I’ve been mad all my life that it’s not fair that my mom’s not here and that my dad is not always with us. That anger inside of me sparks when I play, and that’s why I’m so physical.”
1. St. Michael-Albertville @ Chisago Lakes
Two of the three best teams in the Mississippi 8 Conference. Both are undefeated at 4-0 and the winner has a tremendous chance to win the conference title. The Rogers Royals are also 4-0 and tied for the conference lead.