High school football: Week 4 predictions

A look at some of Friday’s best East Metro high school football games:

Burnsville (2-1) at Woodbury (3-0), 7 p.m.

Burnsville has a winning record three games into the season for the first time since 2016. The Blaze reached this point by taming Anoka’s pass-heavy attack last week to the tune of four interceptions. Burnsville’s secondary will face an even bigger challenge this week in Woodbury star quarterback George Bjellos. Our pick: Woodbury 24, Burnsville 10

Harding/Humboldt (3-0) at Minneapolis South (3-0), 6 p.m.

Harding/Humboldt is one of the more fun stories in Minnesota high school football. In Year 2 of the co-op, the St. Paul program is not only undefeated but bulldozing every opponent in its sight. Harding/Humboldt has outscored its three opponents by a combined score of 134-12. But the upcoming schedule is challenging. Starting Friday, Harding/Humboldt’s next two opponents are also unbeaten. Our pick: Harding/Humboldt 21, Minneapolis South 16

Spring Lake Park (2-1) at Irondale (2-1), 7 p.m.

Two teams whose only losses have come to currently undefeated teams will square off in a game that will go a long way toward determining the Suburban Blue sub-district championship. The Panthers are traditionally a force on the ground, but it was Irondale which logged a pair of 100-yard rushers last week, with Calvin Brinkman and Ralph Naimah each going over the century mark in a win over Tartan. Our pick: Spring Lake Park 20, Irondale 19

Tartan (2-1) at Mahtomedi (3-0), 7 p.m.

Ho-hum, just a 13-carry, 231-yard rushing performance for Corey Bohmert last week in Mahtomedi’s win over Hill-Murray. He reached the end zone four times — three times rushing and once on a pick-six. Bohmert’s updated season rushing total: 651 yards and nine touchdowns, while averaging 12.8 yards per carry. Our pick: Mahtomedi 30, Tartan 10

Ellsworth (4-1) at Rice Lake (4-1), 7 p.m.

In Wisconsin, Rice Lake was stunned last week, letting a 10-point third-quarter lead slip before falling in overtime to Baldwin-Woodville. That leaves the Warriors staring up at Ellsworth in the Middle Border Conference standings. Ellsworth’s potent rushing attack is led by Bo Hines, a 5-foot-6 dynamo who has run for 663 yards and seven touchdowns on an 6.8-yard average per carry. Our pick: Rice Lake 27, Ellsworth 20

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