As the COVID-shortened prep football season started last weekend, coach Charles Adams III, quarterback Zach Yeager, and former player Tyler Johnson continued to add to the legacy of Minneapolis North in brilliant fashion.
Adams, who has coached at North since 2010—leaving briefly, coming back in time for the 2012 campaign and leading them to six consecutive state tournament appearances since 2014—started the season in style leading the Polars to a 40-0 victory over St. Anthony last Friday evening.
Yeager, a 6’2” 200 lbs. dual-threat senior who recently committed to North Carolina A&T, passed for 1,563 yards and 17 touchdowns during an undefeated regular season last year and provided the leadership and outstanding play that helped North to their most recent victory.
Johnson, a 6’2” wide receiver that many credit with the Polars’ recent success in the past decade—including two state playoff appearances in 2014 and 2015—not only went on to have a stellar career at the University of Minnesota from 2016-2019, he got drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and caught his first NFL pass to finish with four receptions for 61 yards in a 20-19 loss to the Chicago Bears.
Adams, who is among the state’s top football coaches, will not be playing for a state tournament birth in 2020 with a shortened season. So the consecutive streak will remain the same.
Yeager, one of the state’s top football prospects, made his college choice over Colgate, Columbia, Fordham, Dartmouth, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Tennessee State and Alcorn State among others. There will be no state tournament this season because of the shortened season so the state tournament appearance streak will remain the same.
Johnson, who helped the Gophers to their finest season in decades, was targeted in the Chicago game six times by quarterback Tom Brady.
The legacy of Minneapolis North football continues.
Dr. Mitchell Palmer McDonald is a contributing columnist at the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder.