Minnetonka faces another challenging football week

Coming off a 41-21 loss to Arrowhead, Wis. in the season opener last week, the Minnetonka High football team will seek its first victory at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at Einer Anderson Field.

Shakopee, which plays in the Missota Conference, is the Skippers’ opponent. The Sabers have been a passing team in recent seasons.

Minnetonka was hurt by the absence of returning All-Lake wide receiver Malcolm Moore in its opener.

“I broke a bone in my foot in a passing league game [this summer],” said Moore.

“Malcolm will probably miss at least the first couple weeks,” said Tonka head coach Dave Nelson prior to the Arrowhead game.

With Moore out, Minnetonka can still rely on a very solid running game that features tailbacks DeAndre Singleton and DeCeon Schumann. Unfortunately, Schumann has also been slowed by an injury.

DeAndre Singleton, whose twin brother KeAndre returns as a starter at corner back, is one of four Skipper captains along with Jack Bixler, Bennett Celichowski and Moore.

While Minnetonka lost to one of the largest schools in Wisconsin last week, two other Lake Conference teams opened with victories.

Edina defeated Holy Angels 28-14 Aug. 24 with junior fullback Colin Ritter scoring all four Hornet touchdowns. Marley Allison had several big gains for the Hornets, including a 61-yard punt return, and quarterback Mark Handberg passed for more than 200 yards.

Hopkins used a pair of 41-yard touchdown runs by quarterback J.T. DenHartog to beat Episcopal High of Houston, Texas 20-14 Aug. 25 at Hopkins High Stadium.

The final gun sounded when Hopkins defensive back Deshawn Gregory made a game-saving tackle of an Episcopal receiver on the Royals’ 3 yard line.

Episcopal came to town with one of the premier high school quarterbacks in Texas, senior Austin Robinson. He engineered both of the Knights’ touchdown drives early in the second half after the Royals had taken a 14-0 lead before intermission.