Eden Prairie, Wayzata and Minnetonka lead a large pack, and watch DeLaSalle, too.
The west metro is a broad expanse, with too many football teams and players to do the area justice. But here’s a look at some things to watch for as the 2013 football season gets ready to take off.
The best in the west
A look at the top three Class 6A teams in the west metro and the top three teams among the other classes.
1. Eden Prairie: Like you didn’t know. Rob Olson, Eric Dunn, Zach Hovey, Dan Fisher, Anthony Anderson, etc., etc. This team is loaded.
2. Wayzata: The word is the Trojans have simplified their playbook to improve execution on offense. In other words, “Here it is. Try to stop us.”
3. Minnetonka: The Skippers swamped a Hudson (Wis.) football team that went to the state semifinals in 2012. They have balance on offense and a mean streak on defense.
1. DeLaSalle: The Islanders might not have big numbers but they do have more raw talent per capita than any team in the metro. Keep track of junior receiver Marquise Bridges; opponents could have trouble doing the same thing.
2. Delano: Longtime coach Merrill Pavlovich said he thinks this might be a rebuilding year, but the Tigers have elite talent in lineman Christian Triplett and receiver Adam Kraft. They also boast a strong football tradition.
3. Cooper: The Hawks lost a lot of talent to graduation, but speed can overcome inexperience. The Hawks have plenty of both.
On the cusp: Minneapolis Washburn, Holy Family, Providence Academy.
Five worth noting
They didn’t quite make the Star Tribune metro dream team, but will make a splash this fall.
• Nick Rooney, Minnetonka, QB: He won’t go unnoticed for long if he continues to play like he did in Friday’s 43-23 rout of Hudson. He was nearly flawless, completing 14 of 18 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns.
• Adam Kraft, Delano, WR: Big (6-3, 200) with excellent hands and better-than-expected speed. Caught 20 passes in 2012, including eight for touchdowns. Intercepted six passes as a free safety.
|New England||2/1/15 5:30 PM|
|Houston||46||2nd Qtr 6:38|
|Portland||39||2nd Qtr 8:18|
|Sacramento||24||2nd Qtr 8:50|
|Toronto||33||2nd Qtr 8:59|
|Dallas||0||1st Qtr 10:10|
|LA Clippers||4||1st Qtr 9:40|
|Golden State||8:00 PM|
|Pittsburgh||0||2nd Prd 12:36|
|St. Louis||2||2nd Prd 11:14|
|Quinnipiac||30||2nd Half 17:21|
|Brown||39||2nd Half 11:20|
|Siena||48||2nd Half 15:47|
|Marist||31||2nd Half 15:57|
|Dartmouth||21||2nd Half 15:28|
|Oregon||8||1st Half 15:27|
|Yale||2||1st Half 15:39|
|Monmouth||8||1st Half 14:41|
|IUPUI||4||1st Half 15:38|
|Oregon State||9:00 PM|
|Kent State||9:00 PM|
|Butler||45||2nd Half 14:04|
|Cornell||41||2nd Half 13:33|
|Columbia||30||2nd Half 11:11|
|Coll of Charleston||31||2nd Half 11:59|
|Penn||35||2nd Half 13:44|
|Elon||26||2nd Half 18:04|
|(19) Princeton||46||2nd Half 17:18|
|(9) Florida State||49||2nd Half 15:25|
|Quinnipiac||45||2nd Half 15:01|
|Richmond||39||2nd Half 13:25|
|Loyola-Chicago||36||2nd Half 18:13|
|Wichita State||7:00 PM|
|Missouri State||7:05 PM|
|Xavier||2||1st Half 16:03|
|Bradley||4||1st Half 17:32|
|(11) Arizona State||8:00 PM|