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These ain't your father's Minneota Vikings … on second thought, maybe it is

October 16, 2009 - Per Peterson
It must be turn-back-the-clock year for the Minneota High School football team. The Vikings, who improved to 7-0 this season after hammering Renville County West, 51-0, Thursday, are reminding Vikings fans of what Minneota football used to be when the Meidts patrolled the sideline (Gerhard) and commanded the huddle (Chris). Some current fans might not know this, but Minneota used to field a relatively decent team back in the late 1980s and early '90s. In the 1980s, Minneota won three straight Class C state titles (1986-88) and in the 1990s it was the Class C runners-up in 1993. Now, after a few quiet years, the Vikings are back. All the way back. Minneota has outscored its opponents by a sick 365-63 margin this season. They’re not just winning, they’re taking their opponents out behind the woodshed and laying good, ol-fashioned whoopin' on them. Sometimes, they bring out the belt. The Vikings have pitched three shutouts this year (Lakeview, Canby, Renville County West) and have twice hit the 70-point mark. The Vikings, who have wrapped up the Little Sioux, were really only tested once this year — a 33-26 win over a Dawson-Boyd team that has proven to be no slouch this year, either. The second-place Blackjacks are 6-1 with a game against MACCRAY next and have eclipsed the 50-point mark three times, including racking up 68 points in a win over Ortonville on Oct. 2. Segue: Winless Ortonville, by the way, gets to play the Vikings on Tuesday to wrap up the regular season, so it’s safe to say Minneota will finish unbeaten this year and will have plenty of momentum heading into the playoffs. The Meidts would be proud.

 
 

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