The Vikings wrapped up their preseason on Thursday night with a 31-24 victory over the Denver Broncos and will wait until next Thursday night to open the regular season. In the meantime, though, another Minnesota football team with Vikings ties will hit the gridiron – in Canada.
The Eden Prairie Eagles football team, coached by Mike Grant, son of legendary Vikings Head Coach Bud Grant, will play a pair of games today in Winnipeg, Canada as part of the Can-Am Challenge. The Cam-Am Challenge is being presented by Football Manitoba in association with Canad Inns and will feature Eden Prairie along with the Vincent Massey Trojans and Oak Park Raiders of Winnipeg.
“We are extremely excited about hosting this event and welcoming Coach Mike Grant and the Eden Prairie Eagles to Winnipeg,” said Canad Inns spokesperson Paul Robson. “Mike has always hoped to one day coach a game in the same stadium as his famous father and Canad Inns is delighted to be a supporting partner in the delivery of this special initiative.
Robson added that all proceeds generated from ticket sales will be donated to the Winnipeg High School Football League (WHSFL).
Before taking the reins of the Vikings, Bud Grant was the head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Grant led the Bombers to 6 Grey Cup appearances and 4 Grey Cup titles. Many years later, Mike Grant will patrol the same sidelines as his father.
Eden Prairie High School has enjoyed great success over the past 18 seasons under the direction of coach Mike Grant. His teams have amassed an impressive regular season mark of 136-7 and have won the Lake Conference 15 times. Under Grant, the Eagles have participated in 43 section playoff games (35-5) and advanced to 14 section championship games, winning 12 times to advance to the state tournament. The Eagles have played in 30 state tournament games with an overall record of 23-7, winning 6 of the large-school state championship games.
“Vincent Massey and Oak Park are looking forward to the challenge of taking on this perennial powerhouse from Minnesota,” said WHSFL Commissioner Ron Gustafson. “There is no question that this will be a challenge but I have great confidence that both WHSFL programs will provide competitive opposition.”
The CAN-Am Challenge will kickoff at 3:00 p.m. with the Vincent Massey Trojans taking on the Eagles. That game will be followed by the Eagles challenging the Oak Park Raiders 5:30 p.m.
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