Jakobi Jackson runs the football for Central High School, while his father, Paul, Harding High School’s defensive coordinator, watches in the background. (photo courtesy of Dave Greener)
Paul and Jakobi Jackson have much in common.
When Paul attended Central High School in the early 1980s he was, as his son Jakobi is now, a football star of considerable accomplishments.
Both of them scored several touchdowns as a running back and both played good defense. Paul did a lot of kicking and punting; Jakobi returned a lot of kicks and punts.
The Mounds View High School football team entered the state tournament with an unblemished record against teams from Minnesota. In those nine victories, the Mustangs had given up no more than 20 points.
Game slips away from Hill-Murray in fourth quarter
On an unseasonably chilly Halloween, the Hill-Murray Pioneers' trip to South St. Paul for the Section 4AAAA football finals proved to be a frightful nightmare.
Things started well for the Pioneers, who took advantage of the Packers' three fumbles and led the entire first half. But the Packers, winners of the Metro East Conference, got back on track late in the game for a 35-21 victory.
After rolling to a number of blowout victories this season, it might be easy for the outsider view of the Mounds View High School football team to be that it doesn’t have anything to improve on heading into this week’s state quarterfinals.
When the Mounds View High School football team takes the field on Friday night, it will be playing in its eighth consecutive section final. The Mustangs won the first four in that streak, but are winless in the last three.
If Mounds View is to snap that losing streak and reach the state tournament this year, it needs to take care of a surprise opponent in Blaine. The Bengals were the No. 6 seed in Section 5-6A but upset third-seeded Centennial last week.
North, Tartan bumped from playoffs
The Johnson Governors watched Pioneers Marshawn Wilson and Sam Westby put on a two-man show that ended with Hill-Murray gaining a 54-34 triumph Saturday, Oct. 25.
The win propelled the No. 2-seed Pioneers into the finals of the Section 4AAAA football playoffs, where they will face the South St. Paul Packers at 7 p.m., Oct 31 at South St. Paul.
Tartan junior running back Emmanuel Willies (7), who scored three touchdowns against Hill-Murray, takes off running. The Titans lost 52-30 at home Oct. 15. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Simley Spartans stop Polars
As they headed into their Wednesday, Oct. 15 football game, the Hill-Murray Pioneers had a specific opening plan against the Tartan Titans in Oakdale.
Hill-Murray coach Tony Danna explained, "We talked about it in the locker room that we were going to score on our first drive.