Mounds View running back Danny DeWitt (2) takes a direct snap in the Mustangs' 38-0 win over Roseville on Sept. 19. DeWitt rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns against the Raiders. (photos courtesy of Dan McMahon Photography)
It was clear at the beginning of the season that the meat of the Mounds View High School football team's schedule was in the back half of the season.
The Suburban East Conference boys title chase in boys soccer has turned into a three-horse race and one of those contenders is Mounds View. The Mustangs entered this week as one of three teams with unblemished conference records.
Regular-season success against Cretin-Derham Hall proved elusive for a number of years for the Mounds View High School football team. The Mustangs lost seven straight regular-season games to the Raiders but have done better lately.
Equaling last year's regular season was going to be tough to accomplish no matter how well the Mounds View High School girls soccer team performed this fall. Unbeaten seasons don't come along that often, and the Mustangs had one last year.
In the 2013 regular-season meeting between the Mounds View and White Bear Lake football teams, the Bears scored 45 points and snapped a nine-game losing streak to the Mustangs. The 2014 regular-season game between the two squads was last week and Mounds View got its revenge.
For the second consecutive year, the Mounds View High School football team opened the season with a game at Woodbury, and now, for two years in a row, the Mustangs have beaten the Royals in the season opener.
The Mounds View High School football team has played in the game to go to the state tournament the last three seasons, but came up short all three times. The Mustangs open the season this week with the goal of ending that tournament-less drought.
The Mounds View High School girls soccer team put together probably the best regular season in the history of the program last year. With a solid nucleus returning from that team, the Mustangs are optimistic that the 2014 campaign can be another for the ages.