Posted On: 08/21/17 1:00 PM

1. Eden Prairie
2016 Finish: 11-2, lost in Prep Bowl
Returning Starters: 8 (5 O, 3 D)

An Eden Prairie five-peat was all but certain two years ago, but Totino-Grace dashed the Eagles title hopes in the 2015 playoffs and again last fall. The Class AAAAAA runner-up begins this season as the clear-cut favorite again in the big-school level.

The Eagles return talent around the field on both sides of the ball. Their defense was dominant for most of last season, but this year it might be the offense grabbing the headlines.

Quarterback Cole Kramer should have more freedom in his second full season as the starter. He’ll have leading rusher Solo Falaniko back, along with Daejon Wolfe and two offensive linemen.  

The back end of the Eagles defense will be its strength. Benny Sapp III, the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2018, headlines the secondary, but Kyler Kluge and D.J. Johnson are also returning. Senior Antonio Montero – one of Minnesota’s best linebackers --  is the veteran in the front seven.

2. Lakeville North
2016 Finish:

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