For the past five years, the Grand Meadow football team has been nearly unbeatable. The Superlarks have played in the last five Minnesota nine-man state football title games, they’ve won the last four state titles and they’ve racked up an active winning streak of 50 straight games.
Last week, Frazee (Minn.) High School athletic director Nick Courneya, who used to coach varsity football, went out to football practice for the Hornets. He saw a sophomore quarterback handing the ball off and throwing to freshmen.
Last November, after nine trips to state and two state championships, longtime Mankato West head football coach, Mark Esch resigned.
The Cleveland/Immanuel Lutheran football team is coming off its most successful season in program history.
The Polars became the city’s first public school to win a Prep Bowl. Minneapolis North became the city’s first public school to win a Prep Bowl and the first city state champion since Washburn in 1977 by defeating Rushford-Peterson 30-14 in the Class A championship.
The last two years ended in agony for Totino-Grace. It dropped the 2014 Class 6A title game to Eden Prairie 28-27, when Totino-Grace went for the game-winning two-point conversion in the final minute and failed.
Benilde-St. Margaret’s junior offensive lineman Braeden Fitzgerald had a recent disagreement with his parents. “It was like, ‘Hey, if Ricky (Floyd) goes down, you guys are in trouble,’ ” Fitzgerald said. “I was like, ‘No.’ ”
Owen King threw five first-half touchdowns, and the Warriors defense was stellar in the first half as Caledonia beat Eden Valley-Watkins 61-12 Friday in the MSHSL Class AA championship.
If there has been a consistent factor over the past four years of dominance by the Grand Meadow football team, it’s been the Superlarks’ running game and their defense.
Totino-Grace football coach Jeff Ferguson doesn’t have to worry about his undefeated, top-ranked team being overconfident for Friday’s Prep Bowl.
Eagles will face Totino-Grace, again, for big school state title Nov. 25 A combination of a methodical running game and a stout defense helped Eden Prairie (11-1) pick up its seventh shutout of the season to reach the state championship game.
Nobody slowed down Mankato West’s offense all season.
The Elk River Elks, and their loyal fanbase, traveled to U.S. bank Stadium on a rain-soaked Friday afternoon to take on the Owatonna Huskies in the semi-final round of the Class 5A state tournament.
The Polars defeated Wabasso 16-8, holding their opponent to less than 200 yards of total offense. The quickness and athleticism of Minneapolis North is no secret. Wabasso coach Joe Kemp knew what North’s strengths were and thought the Rabbits had an answer.
Noah Carlson is a five-time state track and field champion, and that's led to a full-court press from Division I track programs like Michigan and Iowa. Now, Carlson is 48 minutes from being a state football champion, and that full-court press may extend to the gridiron.
The Crusaders amassed more than 500 yards of offense but saw a four-TD lead in the third quarter nearly vanish. On the third play from scrimmage, Pierz discovered what makes St. Croix Lutheran special.
Before the season, the Rochester Lourdes coaching staff was drooling at the potential of defensive end Chol Angok.
Angok had the speed, strength and size (6-foot-3, 220 pounds) to be an elite defensive lineman.
If there is such a thing as a wow statistic, last week’s 63-21 quarterfinal win over Maple Grove would have been off the charts.
But you know what? The Eden Prairie High School football team would have advanced to Friday’s state semifinal with an ugly win just the same. Win and advance, lose and go home.
After cruising to wins in its first three playoff games, Totino-Grace had to prove it remembered how to win a close game against a hard-charging rival. The top-ranked Eagles overcame a late turnover and stopped a two-point conversion attempt with 59 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to defeat Blaine 21-20 in a Class 6A state semifinal game Thursday at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Floyd runs for 287 yards and 3 TDs to spark offense
Benilde-St. Margaret’s (9-3) is headed to its first state championship football game after downing Marshall 44-34 Thursday night.