There are 28 teams left in the state that still have a chance to be hoisting a state championship trophy the weekend after Thanksgiving. But half of those teams will leave the Metrodome heartbroken by the time the weekend is over.
They did something that had not been done before in the school’s history – made the state tournament. It ended early for Upsala High School, but the team showed how high school sports can energize and entire community.
It’s hard to believe that the high school football season has come to an end. Seven football teams celebrated championship seasons between the Friday and Saturday’s Prep Bowl games at the Metrodome.
Jacob Pavek ran for two scores and threw for one as Mahnomen held off Bethlehem Academy 20-14 for the Class 1A championship Saturday at the Prep Bowl.
It’s what every kid who plays high school football dreams about from the first day of fall practices: Playing for a state championship.
The Xcel Energy Center will be a busy place later this week in as the State Volleyball Tournament gets underway Thursday in St. Paul.