Southwest’s surprise in Benilde-St. Margaret’s impacts men’s football rankings

Minneapolis Southwest senior midfielder Dante Devoto is getting back in shape.

Devoto beat two defenders and scored with seven minutes left, giving the Lakers a 1-0 victory over Class 2A No. 5 Benilde-St. from Margareth. It was the Lakers’ third straight win and knocked out Benilde-St. Margaret is ranked seventh in the most recent ranking compiled by the Minnesota State High School Football Coaches Association.

“The goal really showcased his dribbling and shooting skills,” said Lakers coach Jamie Plaisance.

Devoto was sidelined last season after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament over the summer. He served as a team manager for the Lakers (4-3-1).

“Our team celebrated as if we had won the state title because they know what Dante went through to get here. He went through a lot for PT [physical therapy]”, Plaisance said. “That goal was a big moment for Dante and for our team.”

The Stillwater men’s and women’s teams are both ranked first, and Minnehaha Academy is achieving the same double in Class 1A. Orono is first among the men’s teams in Class 2A, and Holy Angels is first among the women’s 2A teams.

STATE RATINGS

By the Minnesota State High School Football Coaches Association

BOYS

Class 3A

1. Standing water; 2. Wayzata; 3. Andover; 4. Edina; 5. Maple Grove; 6. Minnetonka; 7. East Coast; 8. Woodbury; 9. Cretin-Derham Hall; 10. East view.

Class 2A

1. Orono; 2. Hill-Murray; 3. Bloomington Kennedy; 4. Worthington; 5. DeLaSalle; 6. Holy Angels; 7. Benilde-St. of Daisy; 8. Willmar; 9. Two Rivers; 10. Columbia Heights.

Class 1A

1. Minnehaha Academy; 2. Holy Family; 3. Academia da Providencia; 4. Christian Southwest; 5. Pinheiro Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa; 6. São Paulo Academy; 7. Rochester Lourdes; 8. Breck; 9. Sao Paulo Washington; 10. St. Cloud’s Cathedral.

GIRLS

Class 3A

1. Standing water; 2. Wayzata; 3. Rosemount; 4. Blaine; 5. Centenary; 6. Minnetonka; 7. Andover; 8. Edina; 9. Woodbury; 10. White Bear Lake.

Class 2A

1. Holy Angels; 2. Mahtomedi; 3. Hill-Murray; 4. Totino-Graça; 5. San Francisco; 6. Benilde-St. of Daisy; 7. Cloquet-Carlton; 8. East of Mankato; 9. Byron; 10. Simley.

Class 1A

1. Minnehaha Academy; 2. Christian Southwest; 3. Brake; 4. Rochester Lourdes; 5. Providence Academy; 6. St. Lutheran Croix; 7. São Paulo Academy; 8. Saint Anthony; 9. Watertown-Mayer; 10. Preparation St. Croix.

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