It has been 30 years since Fridley High School has had a team come home with a state championship title. The 2020 Football Fridley Tigers did it “Old School Style”. And why not? In an unconventional year like 2020, it is only fitting that the football state champions were named by the voting of Associated Press journalists. This last happened in 1971. In 1972, Minnesota began a play-off system that now detertmines a state championship in 7 classes of football. So, you might ask, what does 30 years have to do with it? It was 30 years ago when the 1990 Fridley Tigers Football team came home with the championship, beating the Sartell Sabers for the title.
This year’s team was led by KARE 11 Co-Head Coach of the Year, Justin Reese and a veteran staff of assistants. The senior class of 2021 has been part of an amazing run of section football success. Fridley has won five of the last 6 six Section 4AAAA titles. However, this year’s team made the most of this Covid shortened season, going 7-0, knocking off last year’s Class 4AAAA State runner-up SMB and Mpls City Power, North High School, spoiling their 57 straight regular season unbeaten streak with a 21-0 victory. This team will be remembered by their crushing defense. They outscored their opponents 242 – 16. Defensively, they gave up (4) field goals, and the only touchdown scored was from a blocked punt in game six. The defensive team never gave up a touchdown.
This was a resilient group of student-athletes that overcame the social and emotional stress related to the impact of the Covid 19 Pandemic and played two games with just (21) players. Their love for each other and love of football will be their lasting legacy.
Below is the link to KARE 11 announcement