By Jeff Wald

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – When championships are on the line, that’s when leaders step up and carry their teams forward.

That was never more evident than Friday night as some of the state’s top players emerged to lead their teams to victories in section championship games around the state. The reward: A trip to the state tournament and a chance to play in the Metrodome.

There are now just 48 teams left playing high school football with eight teams in six classes around the state earning section titles this weekend. Now, games get even more interesting as all state tournament action is played at neutral sites and on artificial turf.

We’ll have a preview of Friday’s match-ups later this week, but first it’s time to note those who had big nights in section championship wins. We can only choose four performances, and there were a lot to choose from.

Holy Family Senior Does Everything In Victory

Holy Family senior Michael Roane did just about everything he could to make sure the Fire would win the Section 2AAA title game over Minneapolis Washburn. Roane, a quarterback, ran for 210 yards and three touchdowns, threw for another touchdown and converted on all seven extra point tries. He also had 10 tackles on defense as Holy Family beat Washburn 49-31. The Fire will play Fairmont Friday night at Chaska High School.

Crusaders RB Runs Over St. Anthony In Win

Wesley Tucker ran his way to a section title as St. Croix Lutheran shut out St. Anthony 46-0 in the Section 4AAA title game Friday. Tucker ran for 138 yards and four touchdowns in the game as the Crusaders piled up 300 yards rushing in the victory. The Crusaders are making their second trip to the state tournament in school history, and they’ll play Plainview-Elgin-Millville in a battle of undefeated teams Saturday night at Lakeville North High School.

Gopher Recruit Leads Mankato West Over Hutchinson

Mankato West senior Phillip Nelson might compete for the starting quarterback position next fall at the University of Minnesota, but he was busy leading the Scarlets to a section title over Hutchinson Friday night in a battle of unbeaten teams. Nelson completed 10 passes for 200 yards and four touchdowns in the win. Two of those touchdown passes went to Hunter Friesen for 46 and 85 yards. Mankato West will face South St. Paul Friday night at Chanhassen High School.

Rushing Attack Leads Anoka Past Blaine

It’s not very often a team passes for zero yards and wins a section champion, but that’s exactly what Anoka did in a 27-22 win over Blaine Friday in the Section 7AAAAA title game. Quarterback Cole Boughner ran a bootleg 73 yards for a touchdown and Ryan Rand also had a 55-yard run. Their other scores went for 63 and 49 yards as the Tornadoes racked up 467 rushing yards in the win. Anoka will face Eden Prairie in a battle of 1-loss teams Friday night at Osseo High School.

Tune into WCCO-TV’s High School Sports Rally Friday night for a complete recap of state quarterfinal action with Mike Max, Frank Vascellaro and John Lauritsen. Also look for a preview of the state quarterfinal match-ups at our Prep Blog later this week.

Comments (2)
  1. Mick Miller says:

    You poor misguided reporters. I wondered how Jeff Wald could have missed the biggest most exciting game of the night and then I saw he once worked for KARE. who blew the biggest chance to show the excitement of the finish of the South St Paul/St Thomas game.

    Not to even mention the game in this blog is beyond belief. Back to KSTP where they called in the Prep Game of the Year

  2. e f hutton says:

    Sounds like M r. Tucker had himself a good night 138 yards in 46-0 blowout, congrats to him and all the SCL football team. I am just curious if you had any info on the extremely thrilling 32-31 O.T. game just a few miles awy from SCL school over STA school in division 4A section 3. well STA led the entire game until SSP tied it upwith less than a minute left. nut lets back up and look at the fun this game provided forn the fans. STA scores after a big pass play on its first drive ,then SSP fumbles a punt snap and turns the ball over at the 2 yard line 14-0 STA 5 minutes into the game. 2nd quarter again SSP on a fumbled snap on a punt turns over the ball at the 5 yard line but SSP defensive holds them to a field goal. 17-0. Sam sura the leading rusher in the state sustains a high ankle injury and doesn’t return until the 3rd quarterAt the half though the score is 17-0 STA leading. first drive of the 2nd half STA marches down and scores making it 24-10 .until the 4th quarter were the Packers score a touchdown and missed the extra point to make it 24-16 with less than 3 minutes to play on the ensuing onside kick the Packers useda decoy kicker wghich completely FOOLED STA players who thought the ball went one direction yet it hadn’ even been kickked while the other kickcer booted the balll the ball the opposite direction and SSP recovered the ball. Hold on the exciting part is coming. SSP had to score a touchdown and convert a 2 point play just to tie thegame and they did so with Sam sura running in the 2 point conversion. All tied up with under a minute to play. STA got the ball down to 20 yard line with the help of a 15 yard penalty, then tehy ran there kicker out to try a field goal and as SSP was bringing on their kicking defense STA kicker picked up his tee and quickly scurried off the field to no avail, SSP stopped them and STA called a timeout with less than 10 seconds left, then SSP calls a timeout to freeze the kicker. Boom the snap the kick the BLOCKED KICKED by # 29 of SSP sends this game to overtime. Yep no highlights here compared to that 46-0 game or 55-13 game you highhlighted. Then in overtime STA scores kicks the extra point 31-24, then on the first play for SSP in overtime they fake to Mr. Sura and Mr . rund carries itin 10 yards untouched as 7 STA players tackled the wrong player, which then SSP went for the win and this time STA probably wishes they had put 7 bodies on Sam Sura instead of just 6 because he blew into end zone for the only lead of the night for the Packers and the Victory. Yes it is true Sam Sura only had 178 yards on the night after missing more than a full quarter of football with that high ankle sprain a couple of TDS and 2 two point conversion at cruch time, but no highlights in this boring game.I would like to thank STA and SSP for the best not just High School football game but football game i have seen in this stae in a decade, those boys left it all out on that field it was incredible to watch. Thanks again

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