Colors: Scarlet / Vegas Gold
Home Field: Burnsville High School
2016 Record: 3-5 (5-6 overall)
Lifetime Record: 15-12
It's time for the inaugural Northern Elite Power Rankings.
Two weeks into the season doesn't paint a great picture, but there certainly are some teams that stand-out.
1. St. Paul Pioneers (1-0) +0
As the 7-time Defending Champions, it's going to take a loss for them to move out of the #1 spot. They pick up where they left off in Week 2.
2. Fargo Invaders (2-0) +0
Strong debut against the Brawlers, followed by a victory over the Warriors shows that the Invaders mean business.
3. River City Rough Riders (2-0) +2
An opening win against the Thunderhawks, followed by a victory at home over the Bulls put the Rough Riders in position to contend for the East Title in 2017.
4. Fox Valley Force (1-0) +2
Knocking off the defending East Champion Predators in Week 1, and the Force have re-loaded to contend for that illusive crown
5. Minneapolis Warriors (1-1) +2
The Warriors handled the Sting in Week 1, but came up 2 yards short in Fargo Week 2. They will be a team to watch as the season progresses.
6. Chippewa Valley Predators (1-1) -3
After a tough trip across Wisconsin, the Predators rebounded nicely in Week 2 dismantling the Thunderhawks in the 4th quarter.
7. Northland Bulls (0-1) -3
It should be a strong season for the Bulls, but they were unable to pull out the Week 2 victory in River City.
8. Battle Creek Sting (0-1) +2
After joining forces with the South Metro Patriots, the Battle Creek Sting look to compete in the West. They look to rebound from a Week 1 loss against the Warriors.
9. Minnesota Brawlers (0-2) -1
The first two weeks have come against the Top 2 Ranked teams, so look for the Brawlers to pick up some wins after their Bye Week.
10. Hudson Thunderhawks (0-2) -1
The Thunderhawks held their own against two of the best in the East, but weren't able close-out. 2017 should be an improved season once the team gets rolling.
Week 2 is in the books, with a few games that came down to the wire.
4pm - Predators 33, Thunderhawks 9
The Predators jumped out to a 10-0 Lead in the 1st Quarter. It was a scoreless battle in the 2nd Quarter. Once the 2nd Half began the scoring picked up; The Predators added a second Field Goal, followed by a Thunderhawk touchdown making it 13-7. After a couple more Chippewa Valley touchdowns & a safety by Hudson, the Preds had the game out of reach 27-9. The game was capped off with a pick-6 on the last play of the game, making the Final Score 33-9.
6pm - Invaders 14, Warriors 9
The two teams were scoreless until a Minneapolis Field Goal with 4 seconds left in the half. The Warriors added to it on the first drive of the 3rd Quarter with a 63-yard touchdown; the extra-point snap was low so the score was 9-0 less than a minute into the half. Fargo finally got some offense going, but an interception in the endzone gave it back to Minneapolis. Just two plays later, the Invaders had their own interception to take over on the 25. The Invaders turned it into a touchdown 3 plays later to cut the margin to 7-9. The back-and-forth defense continued into the 4th Quarter, when the Invaders put together a 11 play, 70 yard touchdown drive to go up 14-9 with 6:30 remaining. The Warriors put together their own game-winning drive, 12 plays, 61 yards including 1st & Goal from the 3; however, the Invader Defense made the stand with 1:04 left in the game. -> Full Stat Sheet
6pm - Rough Riders 28, Bulls 23
The two teams went back-and-forth until the Rough Riders pulled it out in the 4th quarter. River City opened up the scoring taking a 7-0 lead after the first. Northland was able to knot the game up 14-14 by halftime. The Bulls added a Field Goal in the 3rd, which was the only scoring. The 4th quarter was full of scoring as the Rough Riders out-dueled the Bulls 14-6, making the Final Score 28-23 in favor of River City.
6:30pm - Pioneers 35, Brawlers 7
The Pioneers jumped up to a 14-0 lead after the 1st Quarter. St. Paul added another touchdown early in the 2nd, before the Brawlers went on a 12-minute drive for their lone touchdown - 21-7 at the half. The Pioneers added a rushing touchdown in the 3rd & another in the 4th to cap scoring at 35-7.
In non-league action:
6pm - Door County Destroyers (MSFL) 20, Fox Valley Force 13
Scoring came early in this contest, as the Destroyers jumped out to a 12-7 lead in the 1st Quarter. Defense took over from there, as the score remained 12-7 at the half. In the second half, the Destroyers scored again to go up 18-7. The Force pulled within 5 halfway through the 4th quarter, scoring a touchdown with 8:27 remaining in the game. Fox Valley put themselves in good position, recovering a fumble at mid-field, but ultimately couldn't come away with another touchdown, falling 13-20.
Next Week -
2pm - Fargo Invaders (2-0) @ Battle Creek Sting (0-1)
5pm - Minneapolis Warriors (1-1) @ St. Paul Pioneers (1-0)
6pm - Hudson Thunderhawks (0-2) @ Northland Bulls (0-1)
6pm - Fox Valley Force (1-0) @ River City Rough Riders (2-0)
Week 1 of League Play is in the books, with all four league contests being 1-sided.
1pm - Warriors 31, Sting 8
The Warriors played host to the Sing and opened the game with a Bang, taking the Opening Kickoff for a Touchdown. By halftime the Warriors grabbed a 17-0 lead, on their way to the victory
2pm - Force 28, Predators 7
The Force opened league play at home against the Defending East Division Champions, Chippewa Valley Predators. A back-and-forth 1st half led to a 7-7 tie at the break. The Force took the opening drive of the 3rd Quarter in for a Touchdown, followed by another quick score after a turnover. Fox Valley was not done in the 3rd Quarter, adding another touchdown with 4:44 remaining. The 4th Quarter was scoreless as the defending champs were knocked off.
3:30pm - Invaders 38, Brawlers 8
Fargo Invaders made their NEFL debut on the road against the Minnesota Brawlers. Fargo opened the game with touchdowns on their first two drives for the early 14-0 lead. The 2nd Quarter played out similar, as the Invaders took a 31-0 lead into the half. Fargo added another score on their first drive of the 2nd half. With the clock running, Minnesota had a chance to get on the board with 9 Goal-to-Go plays before getting turned away at the 2-yard line. The next play gave the Brawlers their first score of the game, a safety with 2:54 to play. The Brawlers capped off the day scoring a Touchdown with 2 seconds left in the game. -> Full Stats
6pm - Rough Riders 21, Thunderhawks 0
River City Rough Riders traveled to Hudson, WI - new home of the Thunderhawks - and came away with a decisive victory. River City jumped out to a 7-0 lead after the 1st Quarter, and defense carried them the rest of the way. By the end of the 3rd, the Rough Riders had the game in-hand, 21-0.
In non-league Action:
7pm - Des Moines Blaze (MFA) 15, St. Paul Pioneers 11
The Pioneers played host in the CAPITAL CITY CLASSIC. Defense was the name-of-the-game, as each offense only scored once. The Pioneers did their scoring in the 1st half recording two safeties and a touchdown to lead 11-7 at the half. The winning score for the Blaze came on a 70-yard Punt Return Touchdown.
6pm - Warriors (1-0) @ Invaders (1-0)
6pm - Bulls (0-0) @ Rough Riders (1-0)
6pm - Predators (0-1) @ Thunderhawks (0-1)
6pm - *Door County Destroyers (MSFL) @ Force (1-0)
6:30pm - Pioneers (0-0) @ Brawlers (0-1)