South, Johnson clinch city conference wins

The Minneapolis City Conference football race got a little more interesting last Friday. Quarterback SOLY SENAPHANH’s touchdown during the final minute gave South a 24-20 win over Washburn, handing the Millers their first conference defeat since 2002.

Washburn’s JEFFREY JONES and Senaphanh exchanged touchdown runs in the first quarter, making it a 6-6 ballgame.

The Tigers made it an 18-6 halftime advantage after ANDREW HARRIS-JONES scored on a five-yard run and caught a 60-yard pass from Senaphanh for another.

Washburn came to within four in the third period after SHAKEEL NELSON’s seven-run and quarterback KYLE HUGHES’ completion to CERDIC CHAPELLE for the two-point conversion.

Jones gave the Millers the lead in the fourth quarter by scoring on a 12-yard touchdown run before Senaphanh performed his heroics.

Across the river in Saint Paul, running back ANTHONY LEE and wide receiver DEVON JACKSON each scored two touchdowns while leading Johnson to a 45-0 City Conference victory over eastside rival Harding.

Lee, also a point guard for the boys’ basketball team, scored twice from three yards, and Jackson caught scoring passes of 30 and 34 from quarterback LOGAN MASSOP. JOHN PLASCHKO was successful on six extra-point attempts and added a 20-yard field goal. JALEN ALBERT’s 60-yard interception return accounted for Johnson’s final touchdown.

Team of the Week

It was a total team effort for the Polars during their 30-6 victory over conference rival Roosevelt. MICHAEL DAVIES provided a 28-yard field goal and three extra-point conversions. Quarterback TRENT EPPS connected with JAMAL BROWN for a 23-yard score and ran nine yards for another. JAREESE JOHNSON returned an interception 65 yards for a touchdown and SHELBY DELONEY added another scoring from 29 yards out.

Four fantastic performances

REGGIE GANDY (DeLaSalle): The senior running back established himself as one of the state’s most dominant players by scoring five touchdowns while gaining 312 yards in a 46-12 victory over St. Croix Lutheran in a Tri-Metro contest.

D.J. HEBERT (Osseo): The junior quarterback is quickly establishing himself among the state’s elite during a 36-0 win over Robbinsdale Armstrong by completing a 61-yard pass for a score and rushing for two more.

TERMAINE SCOTT (St. Paul Central): The senior running back helped the Minutemen stay undefeated with three rushing touchdowns.

AYRTON SCOTT (Minneapolis Southwest): The senior, a three-year starter at quarterback, accounted for six touchdowns (four passing, two rushing) in a 47-0 win over conference foe Henry.

One player to watch

MALIK JOHNSON (Eden Prairie): The junior is among the top receivers for the nationally ranked Eagles. In his first two games Johnson, who is also an outstanding track-and-field athlete, has averaged 10 yards per reception.

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