Threat of severe weather Saturday forcing prep football games to start earlier


A number of high school football games will be played earlier than originally planned Saturday due to a threat of severe thunderstorms in Minnesota.

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, has put most of Minnesota under an enhanced or slight risk for severe weather. Thunderstorms are expected to develop in the western part of the state before morphing into a line of storms that will plow through central and eastern Minnesota before the day is over.

Saturday marks the season opener for high school football teams. According to, most games are scheduled to start at 7 p.m., but many games have already rescheduled kickoffs between noon and 3 p.m.

We'll continue to update this list as announcements roll in. For a preview of the prep football season, including a glance at the new district format, check out our season preview right here.

11 a.m. kickoffs

  • Le Sueur-Henderson at St. Peter
  • Blooming Prairie vs. Rushford-Peterson (11:30 a.m.)

12 p.m. kickoffs

  • Annandale at Pierz
  • Rochester Mayo at Faribault
  • White Bear Lake at Rosemount
  • Mankato East at New Prague
  • Owatonna at Mankato West
  • Princeton at Sauk Rapids

1 p.m. kickoffs

  • East Ridge at Lakeville North
  • Glencoe-Silver Lake at New London-Spicer
  • Kenyon Wanamingo at Goodhue
  • Hutchinson at Becker
  • Benilde-St. Margaret's at Orono
  • Waseca at Albert Lea
  • Sibley East at Tri City
  • Triton at Kasson-Mantorville
  • Woodbury at Eastview
  • Austin at Rochester John Marshall
  • Coon Rapids at Hopkins
  • Pine City vs. Rush City
  • Albany vs. Fergus Falls (1:30 p.m.)
  • Foley at Dassel-Cokato
  • Hill-Murray at Tartan
  • Jackson County Central at Maple River
  • Stewartville at Chatfield
  • Fulda at Mountain Lake

2 p.m. kickoffs

  • Red Wing at Northfield
  • Apple Valley at Forest Lake
  • Bemidji at St. Francis
  • Rochester Lourdes at St. Charles
  • North St. Paul at South St. Paul
  • Rockford at Watertown-Mayer
  • Martin County West vs. Lake Crystal (2:30 p.m.)
  • Saint Clair at Southland (2:30 p.m.)
  • Cannon Falls vs. Zumbrota-Mazeppa
  • Moorhead at St. Michael-Albertville
  • Rocori at Big Lake

3 p.m. kickoffs

  • Farmington at Mounds View
  • Eagan at Stillwater
  • Bloomington Jefferson at Robbinsdale Cooper
  • Braham at Chisholm
  • Byron vs. Dover-Eyota
  • Hayfield at Mankato Loyola
  • Windom at Lester Prairie (3:30 p.m.)

4 p.m. kickoffs

  • Bethlehem Academy at Wabasha-Kellogg
  • Chisago Lakes at St. Cloud Tech
  • Roseville at Burnsville
  • Randolph at Houston
  • Fridley at Brooklyn Center

5 p.m. kickoffs

  • Cloquet at Esko
  • Pillager at Mahnomen

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