Huskies, Islanders renew football rivalry

The advent of district scheduling for high school football in Minnesota took teams away from some of their more familiar opponents. St. Anthony Village no longer plays some of its longtime Tri-Metro Conference foes every year but the Huskies will renew acquaintances with an old rival in the playoffs this week.

St. Anthony opens the post-season on Tuesday with a trip downtown to face DeLaSalle. The Huskies and Islanders were Tri-Metro foes separated into different districts starting in 2015.

The Huskies (2-6) are the fifth seed in Section 4AAAA while DeLaSalle (3-5) is the fourth seed. The winner advances to Saturday’s semifinals against top-seeded Fridley (6-2).

A win over DeLaSalle would not only advance St. Anthony to the next round, it would snap a four-game losing streak against the Islanders. The Huskies’ most recent win over DeLaSalle came in 2010 when they opened the season with a 30-27 win.

It has been 13 years since St. Anthony and DeLaSalle met in the post-season. Back in 2003, the Huskies beat DeLaSalle in the section semifinals.

St. Anthony heads into the playoffs with a bit of momentum after finishing the regular season with two wins in its final three games. The Huskies picked up their first win of the season in week six against Brooklyn Center and added victory No. 2 last week by beating Minneapolis Southwest 28-22.

The Huskies fell behind by 14 points in the first quarter before rallying to even the score at 14-14 by halftime. St. Anthony outscored the Lakers 14-8 in the decisive third quarter.

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

 

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