Grand Meadow's Gary Sloan Named MFCA Coach Of The YearGrand Meadow coach Gary Sloan is the Minnesota Football Coaches Association's 2015 Coach of the Year. Sloan coached Grand Meadow to the 2015 Class 9-Man state championship last November at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
Prep Blog: A Look Back At The Prep BowlTCF Bank Stadium hosted the Prep Bowl last weekend, marking the end of the 2015 high school football season in Minnesota. There were 14 teams playing for trophies over the course of two days. When it was all over, one team was celebrating and the other was devastated. Here are storylines from each match-up in the Prep Bowl.
Grand Meadow Snags State 9-Man Title With Win Over UnderwoodMichael Stejskal's four touchdowns led Grand Meadow to a come-from-behind 34-20 win against Underwood and its third straight 9-Man championship. Stejskal was 12-of-19 passing for 218 yards and three touchdown passes, and he added 110 yards rushing as the Superlarks won their 36th straight game.
Prep Blog: Previewing Prep Bowl XXXIVThe 14 teams that are left among seven classes this week are gearing up for Prep Bowl XXXIV. Among the state title games, there are defending champions in three of them. That means we'll have at least four new state champions when the clock hits zero at games Friday and Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.
Prep Blog: Week 8, Previewing 'The Big 4'It doesn't seem right that this week already marks the end of the regular season in high school football. It feels like fans just got comfortable in their seats, and district races just started to take shape. But the reality is Week 8 is here. After this week, every prep football team in Minnesota is guaranteed only one more game.
Grand Meadow 48, Edgerton/Ellsworth 0A 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.
Prep Blog: Previewing The State Football SemifinalsIt's a huge week for the four teams that are left in each class. You're playing for something that might have only seemed like a dream in August: A chance to play for a state championship. The teams that advance this week head to TCF Bank Stadium to play in the Prep Bowl, while the others wonder what might have been after getting so close.
Prep Blog: Previewing The State Football QuarterfinalsEvery high school football player that steps on the field in August has the goal of playing football in November. That means you're in the state tournament, where anything is possible.
Prep Blog: Looking Back At The Prep Bowleven state champions were crowned last weekend as the Minnesota State High School League hosted its final Prep Bowl at the Metrodome. For seven teams, getting to hoist a championship trophy last weekend made the extra weightlifting and work over the summer worth it. Over the course of 13 or 14 weeks, teammates became best friends as they all drove toward a common goal: Getting to the Metrodome for the Prep Bowl and winning it.
Dome Hosts Final High School Prep BowlFor more than three decades, the weekend after Thanksgiving has been special for high school football players. This weekend will be the last time the Prep Bowl will be held at the Metrodome. The venue is coming down to make way for a new Vikings stadium. For Noah Rockholl, the quarterback on last year's football team, Friday is a special day. "You can drive through the streets of Underwood today and I guarantee you won’t see a single person or a car in the town," Rockholl said. "The whole the whole town’s here."
Grand Meadow Beats Underwood In 9-Man Title Game Trenton Bleifus ran for two touchdowns and threw for another, and Grand Meadow won its first state football title by beating Underwood 28-6 in the 9-Man Championship at the Prep Bowl.
Prep Blog: Previewing The Final Prep Bowl At The MetrodomeIt’s what every kid who has ever put on a football uniform dreams of: Playing at the Metrodome the weekend after Thanksgiving for a state championship. Between Friday and Saturday, 14 teams will play for titles and seven will finish their seasons as state champions.