(Alexandria, MN) -- Thursday's edition of the Cardinal Sports Report includes comments from a pair of football players, as they continue preparing for Friday night's Homecoming game. 

Senior Jameson Molesworth and sophomore Kristen Hoskins were both honored following the Week 4 win at Willmar as the Quality Toyota/Quality Cardinal Players of the Game. Hoskins was chosen as Player of the Game on offense, after a five reception performance that included a touchdown. He indicates that his Cardinals have played well in stretches of games this season, but are continuing to strive for that complete game performance. 

In the 43-13 victory at Willmar, Molesworth intercepted a pass. That was one of four turnovers that Alexandria forced against the host Cardinals last Friday. He knows that Brainerd is better than a 1-3 record would indicate, and feels that the team really is determined to snap its four-game losing streak to the Warriors.

The first of four successive Alexandria losses to Brainerd occurred during the Cardinals' 2017 Homecoming game. Since then, the Warriors claimed a regular season home win against Alexandria last September, plus has eliminated the Cards from the playoffs in both 2017 and 2018. KXRA will broadcast the Cardinal Football Homecoming game tomorrow night (Friday), with kickoff set for 7:00.

Don't miss the Cardinal Athletic Foundation's Homecoming Tailgate Party before the football game Friday night! Tomorrow night, the Cardinal Athletic Foundation will be hosting the annual event will be held in the Nodland Plaza at the Alexandria Area High School stadium. Serving will start after the Homecoming Parade (around 5 PM) and continue until the 7 PM kickoff.

Hamburgers, brats, and hot dogs will be on the grill. Tickets are seven dollars for adults and five dollars for kids.

Over the last quarter of a century, the Cardinal Athletic Foundation has donated over 300 thousand dollars to benefit Alexandria Cardinal student-athletes. The goal of the foundation is to keep fees down and touch as many sports as possible.

The Homecoming Tailgate Party is sponsored by: Alomere Health, Bell Bank, Brenton Engineering, Cashwise, Cub Foods, Elden’s Fresh Foods, Henry’s Foods, Lake Country Meats, Protein Alliance, and Viking Coca Cola.

Cardinal activities scheduled for Thursday: the Boys' Cross Country and Girls' Cross Country teams will compete at the Fergus Falls Invitational, starting in the 4:00 hour at Pebble Lake Golf Club. Alexandria's Girls' Tennis team will have a 4:30 match at Sartell High School. The Cardinal Girls' Swimming and Diving team hosts Sauk Centre, in the Homecoming meet at Discovery Middle School. The meet is slated for a 6 p.m. start. The Volleyball match for the Cardinals will take place at ROCORI High School in Cold Spring, starting early in the 7:00 hour. Broadcast coverage will be available on KXRA Radio and online, at VoiceOfAlexandria.com.  

KXRA Radio will air a number of upcoming Alexandria Cardinal events as part of our play-by-play coverage. Listen at 1490 AM, 100.3 or 105.7 FM, or stream online, at www.voiceofalexandria.com:

  • TONIGHT (Thursday, September 26th) -- Volleyball: CARDINALS versus ROCORI @ Cold Spring (ROCORI High School) (Broadcast time -- 6:55 p.m.)
  • Friday, September 27th -- Football: CARDINALS versus Brainerd @ Alexandria (Viking Bank Field) (Broadcast time -- 6:40 p.m.)
  • Monday, September 30th -- Boys' Soccer: CARDINALS versus Sartell @ Alexandria (Viking Bank Field) (Broadcast time -- 6:40 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, October 1st -- Volleyball: CARDINALS @ Saint Cloud Apollo (Broadcast time -- 6:55 p.m.)  

Wings UP!!!!