Minutes after guiding Eden Prairie to its eighth state championship under his watch, coach Mike Grant was already talking about next season’s opener against Elk River.
Hundreds of times in his mind, Levi Schmitz went through the routine of kicking a game-winning field goal to give Caledonia a state title.
Austin Maanum ran for 185 yards and two touchdowns, Jason Montonye scored three times and Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley defeated Grand Meadow 40-22 for the Class 9-Man Championship at Friday’s 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.
Sartell coach John Ross retired last year, leaving the reigns to defensive coordinator Scott Hentges. And as a first-time head coach, Hentges decided to get someone on board with a little more experience than he does: his father, Bruce.
It’s hard to believe the prep football season came to a close with the Prep Bowl last weekend at the Metrodome. Six games were played over a two-day stretch in downtown Minneapolis. When it was all over, six teams were hoisting a state championship trophy.
Jackson Goplen scored three times, including twice in a back-and-forth fourth quarter, and St. Croix Lutheran held on to beat Fairmont 34-32 in the Class 3A state championship game Saturday afternoon.
Justin Lee and Esten Weber each ran for two touchdowns and Evan Robertson tied a Minnesota Prep Bowl record with three interceptions as third-ranked Dawson-Boyd defeated No. 2 Mahnomen 35-20 on Friday to win the state 1A championship.
Isaac Heard threw five touchdowns and set a Prep Bowl record with 368 yards passing to lead undefeated Edgerton-Ellsworth to its first 9-man state title, 36-28 over Wheaton/Herman-Norcross on Friday.
It’s what every kid who plays high school football dreams of: The chance to play on the Friday or Saturday after Thanksgiving for a state championship.
Tom Laventure ran for 140 yards and two touchdowns, and Totino-Grace continued its dominance of Class 4A with a 34-14 win over Rogers in Saturday’s championship game.
Junior Connor McCormick ran for 153 yards and two touchdowns and Caledonia’s stout defense held Triton to 152 total yards as the Warriors beat the Cobras 28-7 in the Class 2A state championship game Friday at the Metrodome.
Two best friends will face off in one of Saturday’s Prep Bowl games at the Metrodome when the Totino Grace Eagles take on the Rogers Royals in the Class 4-A championship game.