John's Journal
Football Rankings: Class 3A10/12/2016
School Total Points Prv
1. St. Croix Lutheran (6) (6-0) 69 1
2. Jackson County Central (1) (6-0) 62 2
3. Rochester Lourdes (6-0) 57 3
4. Pierz (5-1) 40 5
5. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (5-1) 35 6
6. Morris Area-Chokio-Alberta (6-0) 33 7
7. Fairmont (5-1) 26 9
8. Proctor (5-1) 20 8
(tie) Litchfield (5-1) 20 4
10. Providence Academy (5-1) 14 10
Others receiving votes: Belle Plaine 6, Greenway-Nashwauk-Keewatin 2, Aitkin 1.
Football Rankings: Class 4A10/12/2016
School Total Points Prv
1. South St. Paul (6) (6-0) 85 1
2. Hutchinson (2) (6-0) 82 2
3. Marshall (1) (6-0) 75 3
4. Winona (6-0) 56 5
5. Mound-Westonka (6-0) 54 4
6. Fergus Falls (6-0) 47 6
7. Becker (4-2) 26 7
8. Waseca (5-1) 25 9
9. Benilde-St. Margaret's (5-1) 16 NR
10. Detroit Lakes (5-1) 8 NR
Others receiving votes: Fridley 6, Zimmerman 6, Hermantown 5, Stewartville 4.
Football Rankings: Class 5A10/12/2016
School Total Points Prv
1. Elk River (5) (6-0) 76 1
2. Mankato West (2) (6-0) 69 2
3. Spring Lake Park (1) (6-0) 68 3
4. Mahtomedi (6-0) 53 4
5. Chanhassen (6-0) 49 5
6. Robbinsdale Cooper (6-0) 32 8
7. Alexandria (6-0) 31 6
8. St. Cloud Tech (6-0) 28 9
9. St. Michael-Albertville (5-1) 20 7
10. SMB-Wolfpack (6-0) 8 10
Others receiving votes: Waconia 3, Park (Cottage Grove) 2, Monticello 1.
Football Rankings: Class 6A10/12/2016
School Total Points Prv
1. Totino-Grace (5) (6-0) 59 1
2. Lakeville North (1) (6-0) 55 2
3. Eden Prairie (5-1) 48 3
4. East Ridge (5-1) 42 5
5. Burnsville (5-1) 34 T7
6. Cretin-Derham Hall (5-1) 29 9
7. Rosemount (5-1) 23 4
8. Maple Grove (4-2) 15 NR
9. Blaine (4-2) 12 10
10. Champlin Park (4-2) 8 6
Others receiving votes: Minnetonka 4, Mounds View 1.
Minnesota Football Showcase Announced10/11/2016
The Minnesota Vikings and the Minnesota Football Coaches Association (MFCA) are proud to announce the first Minnesota Football Showcase. Set to take place at U.S. Bank Stadium on December 3, 2016, the new partnership features an entire day of celebrating football throughout the state of Minnesota. The event will culminate in the 44th annual All-Star Football Game featuring outstanding senior football players from around the state (Tickets are now available with all proceeds going directly to the MFCA and the Tackle Cancer Campaign).

Kicking off at 3 p.m., the Showcase Game will be the 55th overall in Minnesota high school football history. The game will feature the North All-Stars vs. the South All-Stars and will be broadcast locally on KMSP FOX 9. Jeff Ferguson of Totino-Grace (North) and Mike Grant of Eden Prairie (South) will serve as the game’s head coaches. The two have a combined 49 years of head coaching experience and a total record of 467 wins and 88 losses.

“This is new and exciting ground for our Minnesota All-Star Football Game,” said Ferguson. “To have the Vikings partnership, to move the game one week after the season, to enable our Division I prospects to participate, and to play the game in U.S. Bank Stadium all make this a premier event. I am honored to serve as a coach.”

“It is an honor to coach in the All-Star Football Game,” said Grant. “Having the best high school players who have come through our great youth football programs playing in the best football venue makes for a true celebration of football across our state. This should become an annual event that brings our Minnesota football community together in an unprecedented way.”

In addition to the game, the event will feature the following:

• Youth Football Clinics
o 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Grades K-5
o 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. – Grades 6-9
o Registration for each clinic will be limited to the first 200 participants and will include a free event admission. To register please visit www.vikings.com/showcase
• Minnesota High School Marching Bands Performances, Cheer Teams and Dance Teams
• Autograph Sessions with Vikings Legends
• Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders and Skol Line Performance

“The Vikings have long been partners with the MFCA and we are thrilled to further that partnership through the establishment of the Minnesota Football Showcase,” said Vikings Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Stadium Development Lester Bagley. “The event is an exciting opportunity for high school players, coaches and fans of football throughout Minnesota, and hosting it in U.S. Bank Stadium is a natural fit as it combines Minnesota’s best athletes with the state’s best venue.”

“We are proud of this game and its rich history,” said MFCA Executive Director Ron Stolski, the head coach at Brainerd High School. “The MFCA could not be more thankful to have the Minnesota Vikings as partners, to bring the event to a state-of-the-art facility and to continue promoting the sport of football in our state.”

About the All-Star Game...
The Minnesota Football Coaches Association is proud of this game and its history. The first All-Star Football Game was played in 1945, and the game has been an annual event since 1974. The game was played in a North vs. South format from 1945 through 1960 and from 1974 to 1979, a Metro vs. Outstate format from 1980 to 2010 and back to a North vs. South format in 2011 (to present).

Through the years, more than 4,200 players and 475 coaches have participated in this game. A total of 89 players from the All-Star Football Game have gone on to play or coach in the National Football League, including current Minnesota Vikings player Adam Thielen (2008 All-Star alumnus from Detroit Lakes).

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