Tom's Pick: Roles reversed for Apollo, Tech football programs

Tom's Pick: Roles reversed for Apollo, Tech football programs

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Tom's Pick: Roles reversed for Apollo, Tech football programs

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For the first time in a while, St. Cloud Tech meets St. Cloud Apollo in football with the Tigers coming off a loss and the Eagles enjoying an emotional victory.

The teams meet at 7 p.m. Friday at Apollo’s Michie Field.

Apollo broke a 22-game losing streak with a 9-6 win Friday at Sauk Rapids. It was the Eagles’ first win since opening the 2010 season with a 13-6 victory at Fergus Falls.

Since Friday’s win over the Storm was also a road game, if you’re an Apollo fan into a tortuous statistic, note that the Eagles last won a home game Oct. 15, 2008. That’s when Apollo beat Willmar, 34-12.

Tech is coming off a 21-20 loss to Sartell at St. Cloud State’s Husky Stadium. The Tigers are 3-3 overall and have had three close losses.

Tech has the area’s leading rusher in Jacob Peterson, who had 267 yards and three touchdowns against Sartell. He is the Tigers’ all-time leading rusher, surpassing Scott Schmitz on Friday. Schmitz ran for 2,817 yards from 1996-97.

Apollo is 1-5 and has played teams close, too.

Both teams have good, young quarterbacks. The Eagles have sophomore Ben Alvord, who has completed 49 of 94 passes for 713 yards and seven touchdowns with four interceptions.

His favorite targets have been Noel Teigen and Kyle Rosenthal.

Tech junior Jay Kedrowski has completed 49 of 103 passes for 592 yards with four TDs and five interceptions.Tech leads the all-time series with Apollo 32-11. The Tigers have won nine straight over the Eagles and 13 of the last 14.

Apollo last beat Tech in 2003. It was a 6-0 victory during the regular season. The Tigers avenged the loss in the playoffs, winning 25-18.

They could meet again in the playoffs, since both are back in the same class and section for the first time in a while, Section 8-5A.

Expect a good game.

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