KOLE HINRICHSEN

Farmington • Football

It had been 23 months since Farmington had won a football game. All of the frustration, all of the irritation that had built up over that span was purged in one glorious evening Friday when the Tigers crushed Eastview 56-27.

The ringleader of theTigers’ masterpiece was Hinrichsen, a junior in his second year starting at quarterback. He completed 23 of 29 passes for 385 yards and six touchdowns, guiding Farmington to a 42-7 halftime lead.

“That was kind of what we needed to spark our confidence, get us going,” Hinrichsen said. “I felt we could win, but I didn’t expect it to go that well. Everyone was on point in that game.”

Still, Hinrichsen said the magnitude of what happened didn’t fully hit him until Saturday morning.

“I was on my way back into school to watch film of the game,” he said. “It didn’t really set in until I watched the first half. It was exciting, but we can’t get too excited. We have to go out and get ready for Apple Valley.”

 

JENAE ALDERSON

Champlin Park • Volleyball

Sydney Hilley gets most of the publicity, but Alderson, a senior middle hitter, is just as valuable to the Rebels’ success. She had 15 kills and 16 digs in a five-set victory over top-ranked Prior Lake in Saturday’s Side-Out Classic.

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MALIK GAILLARD

Osseo • Football

The senior quarterback was two pass completions from a perfect game in a 42-28 victory over Andover on Friday. He completed 19-of-21 passes for 320 yards and three touchdowns. and ran for a touchdown, all in the first half. In two games Gaillard has only thrown four incompletions.

 

JENNY MOSSER

Lakeville South • Volleyball

The junior outside hitter had 16 kills and 13 digs as the Cougars rallied from a first set loss to defeat Wayzata 28-30, 25-17, 25-19, 25-22 in the season-opeing match for both teams. The 5-foot-11 Mosser, who played for Minnesota Select’s national runner-up team over the summer, recently gave a verbal commitment to UCLA.

 

NICK RICE

Elk River • Football

The junior running back topped 200 yards rushing for the second week in a row in a 41-14 victory over Chisago Lakes. Rice gaining 207 yards on 18 carries, scored two touchdowns and chipped in on defense with five tackles. He has 411 yards on just 33 carries through two games.

 

Coming in Tuesday’s Star Tribune: Fall season previews of boys and girls’ soccer and girls’ tennis.

JIM PAULSEN