Friday, October 16, 2015

Scouting Minneapolis North football

Not much to say beyond the fact that they are crazy good! The Polars (8-0) average 34.4 points per game on offense and give up just 2.5 points per game on defense. (Actually they score a lot more than that per game, but two of their games are marked as forfeit wins by scores of 2-0 and actual games played, they average 45.3 points per game of offense.)

Here's a recruiting page for one of their seniors and future U of M Gophers football player, Tyler Johnson: Johnson is the quarterback and a defensive back for the Polars and is a fourth-year varsity player.

The Jaguars (5-4) and Polars will square off in the Section 4A semifinals next Tuesday, October 20 at 3 p.m. at the Minneapolis North high school football field.

Mpls. North was considered one of many state title contenders last year, but their hopes were dashed by Dawson-Boyd in the Class 1A state semifinals in a 28-12 loss at Hopkins High School; they finished 12-1. It was a stinging loss to say the least. From articles I've read, it took players awhile to get over it. (Reminds me of when our boys' basketball team went 1-1 in the sub-section playoffs in 2013.)

In 2012, the Polars went 2-7 with a first-round playoff loss at Murdock to Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg by a 54-40 score. In 2013, Minneapolis North went 7-3 and was the top seed heading into the Section 4A playoffs. In the semifinals, a bigger and stronger Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity team came to North's football field and demolished them 54-26, ending the season with a 7-3 mark.

Fast forward a year, to the Section 4A championship game at Sauk Centre high school, and a vastly-improved Polars team demolished LP/HT 40-14 to go to state.

They were 0-9 in 2011. In 2010, Mpls. North was a Class 3A school before falling on hard times and nearly closing the following year. Their turnaround has been quite impressive, to say the least.

Fun fact:
The head football coach of Minneapolis North, Charlie Adams, is a Minneapolis cop and has been on that city's police force for over 10 years. His full-time job is as the school resource officer at North high school. This is his sixth year as head coach at Minneapolis North. I have conversed with him over text messaging and e-mails during the 2012 and 2013 playoffs. He's a great guy, and I know he will have his team ready to play next week.

Check this out:

Another fun fact:
North high school has a terrific, first-class weight-lifting facilities provided by the E.J. Henderson Youth Foundation. Three former NFL players are mentors to the team.

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