John's Journal
The Score Will Be Forgotten, But Not The Smiles 9/19/2018
This email was forwarded to me on Wednesday. It details something special that took place during a seventh-grade football game on Tuesday. Congratulations to all!

Good evening,

Sometimes there are events that make the heart full! This evening, I had such an evening. My seventh-grade football team (from Little Falls) was playing Foley. Foley has a player with Down syndrome name Dylan. My team was instructed that Dylan was going to play wide receiver or safety a few plays. He would not catch or block. My players knew not to touch 54.

Fourth quarter comes and the Flyers were up 16-0 with less than two minutes left. Dylan is getting in a few more plays now the game is out of reach for them. With a minute left in the game, I go over to the Foley coach. I told him to give Dylan the ball. He double checked if I was sure. I told him, give him the ball.I huddled my boys and instructed them to dive, flop, whatever, but DO NOT touch 54!

Long story short, Dylan scores a 50 yd touchdown! The fans, their sidelines, my players all explode in cheers! After the play, I told Dylan to dance! He whips out the stanky leg move!

Dylan was crying, the para with him had tears. The Foley coach and I were fighting back tears. I was so proud of my players tonight. So much more than football was learned on the field tonight. The AD from Foley already thanked LF for giving Dylan a great surprise!

We won the game 16-8. I will never remember the score, but will always remember Dylan's smile when he left the field!

Just had to share!
Joel Holey
Class 6A Football Rankings9/19/2018
From The Associated Press.

CLASS 6A
School Total Points Prv
1. Lakeville North (6) (3-0) 60 2
2. Eden Prairie (2-1) 51 6
3. Blaine (3-0) 49 7
4. Wayzata (2-1) 37 10
5. Minnetonka (2-1) 31 1
6. Maple Grove (2-1) 22 NR
7. Prior Lake (2-1) 21 4
8. Cretin-Derham Hall (2-1) 20 3
9. East Ridge (2-1) 14 NR
10. Woodbury (2-1) 8 NR
Others receiving votes: Edina 6, Eastview 4, Champlin Park 4, Roseville 2, St. Michael-Albertville 1.
Class 5A Football Rankings9/19/2018
From The Associated Press.

CLASS 5A
School Total Points Prv
1. Owatonna (6) (3-0) 69 1
2. Elk River (1) (3-0) 64 2
3. Mankato West (3-0) 48 5
4. Mahtomedi (3-0) 46 3
5. St. Thomas Academy (3-0) 40 6
6. Robbinsdale Cooper (3-0) 33 7
7. Sauk Rapids-Rice (3-0) 21 NR
8. Tartan (3-0) 20 10
9. Andover (3-0) 13 4
10. Waconia (3-0) 8 NR
Others receiving votes: Coon Rapids 8, St. Cloud Tech 5, Cambridge-Isanti 5, Chaska 3, Hastings 2.
Class 4A Football Rankings9/19/2018
From The Associated Press.

CLASS 4A
School Total Points Prv
1. Holy Angels (6) (3-0) 77 1
2. Cloquet (1) (3-0) 65 2
3. Winona (3-0) 58 3
4. Hutchinson (1) (3-0) 57 6
5. Detroit Lakes (3-0) 45 4
6. SMB-Wolfpack (3-0) 42 9
7. Marshall (3-0) 38 10
8. Dassel-Cokato (3-0) 20 NR
9. Hermantown (3-0) 10 NR
10. Mound-Westonka (3-0) 8 NR
Others receiving votes: Benilde-St. Margaret's 5, Becker 4, Waseca 3, Providence Academy 3, Fridley 2, Zimmerman 1, Orono 1, St. Cloud Apollo 1.
Class 3A Football Rankings9/19/2018
From The Associated Press.

CLASS 3A
School Total Points Prv
1. Pierz (6) (3-0) 78 1
2. Rochester Lourdes (2) (3-0) 73 2
3. Jordan (3-0) 63 3
4. Breck (3-0) 45 6
5. Jackson County Central (3-0) 44 7
6. Mora (3-0) 34 9
7. Perham (2-1) 27 8
8. East Grand Forks (3-0) 20 NR
9. Stewartville (3-0) 12 NR
10. Greenway-Nashwauk-Keewatin (4-0) 11 NR
Others receiving votes: St. Peter 10, Fairmont 6, Annandale 5, Spectrum 5, Pequot Lakes 4, New London-Spicer 2, Park Rapids 1.