Fridley’s D remains TD-free after halting Mpls North’s 57-game win streak

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Fridley ran their regular season win streak to 13-games and has yet to allow an opponent to score a touchdown this season after a nearly-perfect 21-0 win over Minneapolis North that ends the Polars’ 57-game regular season win streak.

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Despite only dressing 21 players due to Covid-19 quarantines, the Tigers defense continued it’s trend of smothering opponents.

Christian Crockett had two interceptions and Micah Niewald had another as the Tigers stifled the talented and typically high-flying North offense.

Fridley took an 8-0 lead to halftime on the strength of Michael Ude’s short touchdown run early in the second quarter.

Still a one-score game late in the 4th quarter, a lengthy Tigers drive ended with Niewald making a diving catch of a perfect throw on 4th and goal at the North 9 by quarterback Tra’Vion Stevenson. Their 15-yard connection bumped the lead to 15-0.

Niewald’s interception on the ensuing drive set the Tigers up for a knockout punch.

Again facing fourth-and-goal, Stevenson scrambled in himself to make it 21-0 with 1:44 left.

The North offense – which features several Division I college prospects – had a chance to spoil both Fridley’s shutout and their zero-TD streak when they earned a first-and-goal situation in the final minute.

But the Tigers’ goal line stand ended with Crockett’s second interception of the game to preserve the shutout, the win and the TD-free streak.

Fridley improves to 5-0 this season. They’ve won 13 straight – and 23 of their last 25 – regular season games.

The Tigers close the regular season against Columbia Heights next Thursday.

North (4-1) plays Minneapolis Southwest on Thursday.