Lakeville South's Garrett Savard ran 80 yards for a touchdown in the second half against Lakeville North. (Renee Jones Schneider / Star Tribune)
It would be too much to call Friday a day of reckoning. How about just a day of surprises?
Defending Class 5A champion Chaska, ranked No. 1 for the first two weeks of the season, lost its second in a row, to rival Chanhassen 25-20. Monticello outmuscled 5A, No. 2 Owatonna 7-6. 5A, No. 4 Rogers fell from the ranks of the undefeated, beaten by Moorhead 21-0. And Tartan remained the most pleasant surprise, moving to 4-0 after a 45-14 rout of Hastings.
In Class 4A, No. 1 Hutchinson lost for the first time, 28-24 to Willmar. Holy Angels ripped off its third victory in a row, beating Class 5A power Cooper 35-29. Three of the five teams in Section 8 remain undefeated: Rocori, Detroit Lakes and Grand Rapids.
The feel-good story of the weekend belongs to North St. Paul, which broke a 34-game losing streak with a 27-25 victory over DeLaSalle.
The game featured three touchdowns in the final 45 seconds, with the game-winning touchdown coming on a play the Polars had never ran or even practiced before. Quarterback Ben Teigland hit Casanova Edwards on a 13-yard crossing route with 1.2 seconds left.
“Based on their coverage and our prior pass completions, we believed it would work and the players executed it perfectly,” Polars coach Gene Teigland said.
1. Lakeville South (4-0): Absolutely no doubt who is No. 1 after the Cougars had their way with Lakeville North, 35-15.
2. Eden Prairie (4-0): The Eagles have given up only one touchdown before the fourth quarter, and three overall, in four games.
3. St. Michael-Albertville (4-0): Another huge game for RB David Collins: 262 yards and three TDs rushing.
4. East Ridge (3-0): Coach Dan Fritze says his defense has “the highest football I.Q. on defense we’ve ever had.”
5. Rosemount (3-0): Early candidate for Metro Player of the Year? Try SS Jake Ratzlaff, a torpedo who blows runners up.
6. Farmington (4-0): Led by QB Alex Berreth, the Tigers have some serious offensive talent, scoring almost 45 points per game.
7. Maple Grove (3-1): A spark ignited by a QB change lit a fire under the Crimson, who dominated Osseo 31-7.
8. Prior Lake (2-2): A suddenly leaky defense has resulted in back-to-back losses. And Eden Prairie is next.
9. St. Thomas Academy (5A, 4-0): The always-stubborn defense was on point Friday, holding Apple Valley to 39 total yards.
10. Andover (5A, 4-0): First-year coach Tom Develice stepped into a great situation, with plenty of returning players and coaches.
Others: Blaine (3-1), Woodbury (2-2), Champlin Park (2-2), Shakopee (2-2).