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Holdingford Tops BOLD 20-18 In Class 2A Title Game

A late-season position switch paid off nicely for Nathan Brinker and Holdingford. Lined up as a running back, Brinker connected with quarterback Austin Gerads for an 8-yard touchdown in double overtime, giving Holdingford a 20-18 edge over BOLD to win the Class 2A state title Friday at the Prep Bowl.

11/21/2014

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After 33 Years, H.S. Football Championships Returns To The Outdoors

It’s been more than three decades since the last time the Minnesota high school football championship was played outdoors. And like this year, weather played a key part. David McCoy shows why the 1981 was a game memorable for more than just its place in history.

11/21/2014

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Grand Meadow 48, Edgerton/Ellsworth 0

A fast start and stout defense led to a second straight state football title for Grand Meadow. Michael Stejskal threw for 215 yards and three touchdowns as Grand Meadow beat Edgerton/Ellsworth 48-0 Friday in the 9-Man Championship at the Prep Bowl.

11/21/2014

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Packers LB Matthews Probably For Vikings Game

The Green Bay Packers expect star linebacker Clay Matthews to play Sunday at Minnesota. Matthews is probable for the game, Green Bay’s first on the road in nearly a month.

11/21/2014

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Asiata Out With Concussion For Vikings Vs. Packers

Minnesota Vikings running back Matt Asiata will miss Sunday’s game against Green Bay because of a concussion. Asiata has not yet been cleared to practice. Running back Jerick McKinnon was listed as probable to play the Packers after participating in Friday’s practice on a limited basis.

11/21/2014

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Peterson Says ‘Fresh Start’ Might Be Best

Adrian Peterson says he realizes moving on from the Minnesota Vikings might be best for both him and the team. In an interview published Thursday by USA Today, Peterson said he believes the coaches and players on the team are fully behind him but that feelings in the organization toward him are mixed after he was charged with felony child abuse in Texas for using a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son. He pleaded no contest Nov. 4 to misdemeanor reckless assault.

11/20/2014

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Vikings Claim Running Back Ben Tate Off Waivers

The Minnesota Vikings have claimed running back Ben Tate off waivers from the Cleveland Browns. Tate was signed Wednesday, when running backs Matt Asiata (concussion) and Jerick McKinnon (lower back injury) both were held out of practice. The move also came the day after the NFL announced a suspension of running back Adrian Peterson for the rest of the season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

11/19/2014

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5 Worst Performances From Eli Manning

The two-time Super Bowl champion has had a lot of success as a Giant but let’s look at his five worst performances, one of them which came today against the 49ers.

11/16/2014

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Coach Kill Admired By 11-Year-Old Gophers Fan With Epilepsy

The last home game of the season ended in a disappointing loss for the Gophers. Ohio State beat Minnesota 31 to 24. Despite the defeat WCCO’s Rachel Slavik explains why one young fan still feels like a winner.

11/15/2014

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Barrett, No. 8 Ohio State Outlast Minnesota 31-24

J.T. Barrett threw for three touchdowns and ran for an Ohio State quarterback-record 189 yards and another score, helping the eighth-ranked Buckeyes overcome three turnovers and wintry weather to beat Minnesota 31-24 on Saturday afternoon.

11/15/2014

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High School Sports Rally: Nov. 14, 2014

The semifinals of the Minnesota State High School League’s State Football Tournament were played in the cold Friday evening, and WCCO was on hand to capture the action.

11/14/2014

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Minneapolis North, An Inner-City Football Revival

Cold, ice and snow complicated practice plans this week for teams in the Minnesota state high school football semifinals. Wintry weather is not the biggest challenge coaches and players at Minneapolis North have faced, and not because their nickname is the Polars.

11/14/2014

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Top 5 Creepiest NFL Mascots

A mascot is energetic, silly…frightening. By definition, a mascot is a person, animal or object that is used to represent a group or team and bring them luck.

11/12/2014

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Gophers’ Maxx Williams Offers Team Confidence For Ohio Game

It’s guarded optimism for the Gopher football team. They are hoping to pull off an upset against Ohio State at home at 11 a.m. Saturday. But they have confidence coming off of the blow out over Iowa, and, as Mike Max explains, they have confidence because of a tight end that’s quite a weapon.

11/11/2014

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Williams, Minnesota Rip Iowa 51-14, To Reclaim Pig

Maxx Williams caught three of Mitch Leidner’s four touchdown passes, and Minnesota ran for 291 yards in a romp past Iowa 51-14 on Saturday afternoon to retake the Floyd of Rosedale trophy after a two-year absence.

11/08/2014

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With Vastly Improved Defense, Vikings Stay In Race

Mike Zimmer’s reputation as a defensive mastermind was a significant factor in him getting the job with Minnesota. His influence with the Vikings on that side of the ball has been immediate. The learning curve is typically steep for a first-time NFL head coach, and barely halfway into the season Zimmer and his staff have already faced several unpleasant surprises and had to navigate a handful of setbacks.

11/07/2014

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DeLaSalle Wide Receiver Offers Inspiration To Her Coach, Team

The juggernaut that is the DeLaSalle football team is in the state tournament this weekend for the third year in a row, and the sixth time in the last seven years.

11/07/2014

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Vikings Invite Robbins Family To Winter Park

Last month we shared a story about a grieving Minnesota family who received a special gift from a Vikings player. The Robbins family lost their wife and mom, Maggie, in a car crash in early October.

11/05/2014

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High School Sports Rally: Oct. 31, 2014

It’s a spooky night for kids around the metro, in particular some football players as the second week of playoffs takes place.

10/31/2014

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East Ridge Offensive Line Has Size, Athleticism

Their coach calls them The Iron 5. You can call them a restaurant owner’s worst nightmare. Either way, it’s probably a good thing we didn’t do this interview over lunch.

10/31/2014

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Vikings Practice Squad QB Harnish Has Foot Injury

Minnesota Vikings practice squad quarterback Chandler Harnish has a foot injury that will keep him out for at least several weeks. Coach Mike Zimmer said Harnish was inadvertently stepped on by a teammate in practice Wednesday. Harnish saw a foot specialist and was diagnosed with a Grade 1 Lisfranc sprain. The Vikings were planning to try out other quarterbacks for Harnish’s spot.

10/30/2014

NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 26: Jimmy Graham #80 of the New Orleans Saints against the Green Bay Packers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 26, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Thursday Night Football Breakdown: New Orleans Saints At Carolina Panthers

The Saints and Panthers are both 3-4 and yet tied atop the NFC South. New Orleans has an extremely quick turnaround after playing on Sunday night.

10/29/2014

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With Time Running Out, Father & Son Bond On Football Field

The Forest Lake Rangers did not win a football game in the fall of 2014. By most accounts, that would constitute a miserable season. For one head coach, it has been a memory of a lifetime. Jeff Wilson took over the team as the head coach this fall. He added a special offensive line coach — his father, Gary.

10/28/2014

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Illini Defense Delivers Win Over Gophers, 28-24

Illinois turned to its much-criticized defense Saturday for a late touchdown and a defensive stand that delivered a 28-24 win over Minnesota.

10/25/2014

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High School Sports Rally: Oct. 24, 2014

The first round of playoff games for high school football took place Friday evening, and WCCO was there to catch all the action. If you weren’t able to make it any of the great high school games, take a look at the videos below.

10/24/2014

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