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 Andover @ Blaine on Friday, November 5th (7:00pm).

With the exception of their week 3 game against Champlin Park the Blaine Bengals (9-0) have not been seriously challenged this season.  Led by quarterback Eric Kline (Sr) the Bengals score early and often beating their opponents by an average score of 38-12.  Their regular season meeting with Andover (7-2) was supposed to be competitive and it was, for a quarter.  Down 7-6 early in the 2nd quarter linebacker Chris Thomas (Sr) grabbed the ball he’d stripped from Andover quarterback Tyler Finnes (Sr) and raced 43 yards for a touchdown.  That play ignited the Bengals for 25 unanswered 2nd quarter points en route to a 45-14 blowout.

Andover seems to have figured out an identity since that game.  They have put the ball in the hands of Finnes and asked him to do it all – running and passing.  As Finnes goes so goes the Andover offense and it has worked.  The Huskies have run off three straight victories and avenged a regular season loss to Coon Rapids with a thrilling 17-16 victory last week in the semifinal round of the playoffs.  Now they get another shot at Blaine.

Here are highlight videos of the Andover vs Blaine regular season game courtesy of Coon Rapids Sports on YouTube

Does Andover have what it takes to knock the mighty Blaine Bengals on the road and get to State for the second time in four seasons?  Will Blaine continue their dominance and advance to State for the second time in three seasons?  We’ll find out on Friday!


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