This season we’ll have a weekly segment called “The Big One” where we feature a game with post-game articles and/or analysis including video from our friends at Coon Rapids Sports on YouTube.  Our next “Big One” of the 2010 season will be Coon Rapids @ Champlin Park on Friday, September 24th (7:00pm).

Coon Rapids is off to its best start in recent memory at 3-0.  All three wins came against conference teams that are currently without a win but beating teams you should is something the Cardinals have struggled with in the past.  This will obviously be their toughest test of the season to this point and is the start of a brutal stretch of four games that includes the undefeated Blaine Bengals and Andover Huskies.  Champlin Park has one loss after a hard fought game last week at Blaine.  They were getting blown out 28-7 at the half but completely shut down the Bengals offense in the second half to make a game of it.  Champlin Park likes to run the ball a lot with sophomore sensation Michael Sales and they’ve got the size up front to do that.  They are also pretty strong on defense against the run, which plays well against the strength of Coon Rapids.  The Cardinals are a run-heavy team this year and why wouldn’t they be with two solid running backs in Mo Ward (Jr) and Antonio Ford (Jr).

Coon Rapids should be able to move the ball.  They always do against Champlin Park.  But can they consistently sustain drives and slow down the Rebels enough to keep the game close going into the fourth quarter?  We’ll find out Friday!

Other A-B-C games this week:

* (7) Andover @ Anoka
* (5) Blaine @ Centennial


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