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A PreK-12 public school district serving the communities of Athens Township, Andover, Bethel, East Bethel, Linwood Township, Nowthen, Oak Grove, St. Francis and Stanford Township

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2018 St. Francis Football Season Recap
Posted 11/15/2018 01:11PM

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2018 St. Francis Football Season Recap

The St. Francis High School teams recently completed a competitive and successful 2018 season. The 9th grade team lost a few close contests and finished the season with a 1-7 record. The JV team finished their season 4-3. The varsity team started a little sluggish with a 1-2 start but finished tied for 2nd in the District at 5-2 in league play. It was an exciting season with five of the eight regular season games being decided by 4 points or less, with two of those games being decided in overtime.


With a balanced offensive attack, the Saints were lead by a veteran offensive line that helped pave the way for 1356 yards rushing and 22 touchdowns on the ground. The Saints were lead by Senior QB Taylor Aho's 1262 yards passing and completing 60% of his throws on the season. Defensively, Junior LB Andrew Hoglund paced the team in tackles, including 19 against Elk River and Senior LB Cody Kolb lead the team with 3 interceptions. The special teams unit featured All-Metro Junior punter/kicker Hunter Dustman. Dustman averaged 40 yards per punt, 16 touchbacks on kickoffs, 7 for 10 on fields goals including 2 misses from 52 yards.


The Saints fell to the Andover Huskies 28-14 in the semi-finals of the section tournament to end the 2018 season. The Saints had a balanced offensive attack and played great team defense throughout the season. With a number of key players returning on offense, defense and special teams, the Saints hope to continue the positive momentum of 2018 into the 2019 season. The Saints officially ended their 2018 campaign with the team banquet on Tuesday, November 13th. Here are some of the individuals who were recognized for their efforts during the 2018 season.


All District Honorable Mention

Senior QB Taylor Aho

Junior DB Jacob Bergman

Senior LB Luke Bonte

Junior DB Zach Bonte

Senior DL Riley Huebner

Senior OL Justin Lian

Junior WR Trevor Patterson

Senior RB Carter Pendergrass

Senior OL/DL Nick Pierce

Senior OL/DL John Westling


All District

Junior P/K Hunter Dustman

Senior TE/DL Nick Gerlach

Junior OL/DL Aren Hjelm

Junior LB Andrew Hoglund

Senior LB Cody Kolb

Senior OL/DL Kyle Lindenfelser

Senior WR/DB Cole Linson

Junior WR/TE Wyatt Schroeder


Special Teams District Player of the Year

Hunter Dustman


Academic All-District

Senior DB Reid Benson

Senior OL Ted Drevlow

Sophomore TE Anthony Gerlach

Senior Nick Gerlach

Junior RB Zach Graf

Junior DB/WR Max Jensen

Senior Justin Lian

Senior Cole Linson

Junior FB/LB Joseph Lipinski

Junior OL/DL Hunter Olson

Junior LB Reed Pastwa

Junior RB/DB Grant Woodruff


Team Awards

Special Teams Hunter Dustman

Hammer Cody Kolb

Iron Saint Kyle Lindenfelser

Saint Award Nick Gerlach

Fighting Saint Luke Bonte


Team Captains

Taylor Aho

Luke Bonte

Kyle Lindenfelser

Cole Linson

Nick Gerlach

John Westling


Nick Gerlach and Justin Lian were selected to the 2018 Academic All State Team!!!

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Photo Courtesy of Tony Hoglund
Senior Cole Linson catches a pass and turns upfield vs. Rogers. The Saints defeated the Royals 24-20 for a Homecoming victory.

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Photo Courtesy of Tony Hoglund

Junior Hunter Dustman kicks an extra point vs. Monticello. He was a perfect 27-27 on extra points for the 2018 season. The Saints made a late comeback but fell to the Magic 31-34 in overtime.

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Senior Carter Pendergrass leaves his feet for a blocked punt vs. Rogers. The touchdown was a key play in defeating the Royals for the 2nd time in school history.

Brent Swaggert
St. Francis High School
Social Studies Teacher/Saints Online
Head Football Coach
(763) 213-1746




Hunter Dustman was selected to the Kare 11 All-Metro team on Friday. Hunter was one of only 3 Juniors selected to the team.

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