Cards, Eagle looking to snap skids
Willmar travels to St. Cloud Apollo Friday
WILLMAR — Both Willmar and St. Cloud Apollo will look to boost themselves out of the North Central White district cellar when the two teams meet Friday in St. Cloud.
Last week at Rocori, the Cardinals were shut out for the first time since the Section 8AAAA championship game on Oct. 23, 2015, taking a 42-0 loss.
Held to just nine first downs, Willmar was led by running back Ethan Roux, who ran the ball 20 times for 80 yards. Behind him was Tanner Bauman, who had 37 yards on eight carries. Bauman was 8 of 13 passing for 45 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions. His top target was Zach Morrell, who had three catches for 16 yards. Will Hisken came up with 24 yards on a pair of grabs. On defense, Kaden Streed had five total tackles (three solo) and a blocked kick.
Elsewhere on Week 5, Apollo lost its homecoming game to Big Lake, 39-22. The Eagles had a 22-0 lead in the first half before the Hornets scored 39 unanswered points to claim the victory.
The passing game set the tone for Apollo’s offense. Quarterback Logan Johnson was 14 of 33 for 240 yards and two touchdowns. Both Michael Gravelle and Jalyn Williams came up with six receptions. Gravelle finished the game with 173 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns while Williams, who has standing college offers from Northern State and Bemidji State, racked up 39 yards.
The Eagles, who are 0-3 in North Central White games, is on a four-game losing streak after winning the season opener against St. Francis. Their four losses have come by a combined score of 208-58.
In 2018, Willmar and Apollo met twice, with the Cardinals winning 40-14 in Week 6 and 47-8 in the Section 8AAAA semifinals. The Eagles’ last win against Willmar was a 26-24 overtime victory in Week 6 of the 2017 season.