closed circuit football post: 'stangs to state
the mounds view mustangs defeated white bear lake 21-14 in last night's section championship, placing our 'stangs among the elite eight invited to the state tournament.
coach jim galvin and his staff deserve applause for extracting a 9-2 record from this not-exactly-superstar-laden team, but i was struck last night by the fine leadership of the senior captains. linebacker jack got a sack and returned a blocked punt for a touchdown; quarterback mitch kept everything cool and gutted out some tough yards; center joe blew open big holes; and, guard harry (#59 above) fired up the lads all season and led the way tonight on a key touchdown run.
as some sort of motivational show of o-line solidarity, joe and harry have been sporting mohawks (and not those half-baked fauxhawks, either) throughout the playoffs. my long-haired lad has thus far resisted the pressure. a couple hours ago, however, a crew of four 'hawk-coiffed linemen pulled up in the driveway. they fanned out around the house to secure the perimeter and politely requested tor's presence. i'm not sure they'll successfully shear him today, but they did manage to get the large lad into the vehicle. unless they've got a lot more guys, however, i'm betting he'll return with locks intact. since his preschool days, at least, it has usually taken more than four linemen to accomplish a haircut.
next game is friday the ninth versus eastview at griffin stadium in st. paul. winner goes to the metrodome.
Lakeville North (8-3) v. Cretin-Derham Hall (11-0), 7 pm Thurs at Griffin Stadium
Wayzata (10-1) v. St. Cloud Tech/Brainerd, 8 pm Friday at St. Cloud State
Mounds View (9-2) v. Eastview (10-1), 7 pm Friday at Griffin Stadium
Eden Prairie (11-0) v. Andover (8-3), 6 pm Sat. at Griffin Stadium