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MN State Football Championship Games Set

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After a busy three days of semi-final football at US Bank stadium, the Championship Games are set for this upcoming Friday and Saturday:


Friday 10 am: Class 9-Man Championship: Spring Grove (13-0) vs Mountain Lake Area (12-0)

HOW THEY GOT HERE:

Spring Grove: W vs Russell-Tyler-Rutton 27-26

W vs Cromwell-Wright 48-12

Mountain Lake Area: W vs Verndale 23-6

W vs Mountain Iron-Buhl 42-8

Spring Grove are the defending champions and have won 27 consecutive games. This is Mountain Lake Area's first Prep Bowl.


Friday, 1 pm: Class 2A Championship - Caledonia (13-1) vs Barnesville (11-2)

HOW THEY GOT HERE:

Caledonia: W vs New Richland HEG 41-0

W vs Paynesville Area 40-6

Barnesville: W vs Moose Lake-Willow River 40-0

W vs Minneapolis North 34-20

Barnesville has their work cut out against the three-time defending 2A Champion Caledonia. Caledonia features an explosive offense and a defense that's only allowed 10+ points once all season. Barnesville ended Minneapolis North's perfect season last Friday night, running the ball 59 times with zero passes attempted. You can hear the Barnesville game on Friday on Real Country 102.3 KRCQ.


Friday, 4 pm: Class 4A Championship - SMB (12-0) vs Willmar (11-1)

HOW THEY GOT HERE:

SMB: W vs Delano 14-7

W vs Waseca 23-15

Willmar: W vs Hermantown 44-0

W vs St. Paul Johnson 62-20

The Willmar Cardinals have been unstoppable in the playoffs. Since knocking out Detroit Lakes in the 8AAAA Championship Game, the Cardinals have outscored their opponents 106-20. In fact, they've scored at least 40 points every game since October 5th. It's Willmar's first state championship appearance since 1973 and their first trip to the tournament since 1988. SMB is a pretty new consolidation of players from St. Paul Academy, Minnehaha Academy and Blake School. Both teams have highly-touted quarterbacks in Jalen Suggs (SMB) and Drey Dirksen (Willmar).


Friday, 7 pm: Class 6A Championship - Eden Prairie (10-1) vs Lakeville North (12-0)

HOW THEY GOT HERE:

Eden Prairie: W vs Mounds View 31-14

W vs Minnetonka 15-13

W vs Blaine 34-14

Lakeville North: W vs Hopkins 45-8

W vs Maple Grove 21-13

W vs St. Michael-Albertville 35-8

W vs Lakeville Soth 35-13

Two state powerhouses clash in the 6A Championship game. These two teams played back on September 7th, with Lakeville North coming away with a 14-0 win over the defending champion Eden Prairie Eagles.


Saturday, 10 am: Class 1A Championship: BOLD (13-0) vs Mahnomen/Waubun (12-0)

HOW THEY GOT HERE:

BOLD: W vs Otter Tail Central 50-6

W vs Blooming Prairie 37-7

Mahnomen/Waubun: W vs Deer River 42-0

W vs Springfield 38-0

Mahnomen/Waubun's first co-op season is one win away from a state title. Mahnomen, as an independent school, last won the championship in 2013 and has made the state tournament every year since 2010. BOLD is led by Mr. Football finalist Luke Ryan, whose 14 interceptions are tied for the state record. The top two teams in Class 1A all season have cruised to a rematch of the 1998 Championship game. BOLD won their first two games by a combined score of 87-13, while Mahnomen/Waubun hasn't allowed a point the entire state tournament.


Saturday, 1 pm: Class 3A Championship - Rochester Lourdes (13-0) vs Fairmont (11-1)

HOW THEY GOT HERE:

Rochester Lourdes: W vs Jordan 24-0

W vs Pierz 25-20

Fairmont: W vs Cannon Falls 27-21

W vs Perham 29-14

Rochester Lourdes comes into the game looking for their fourth championship in the last 10 seasons, winning most recently in 2016. Fairmont advances to the state championship after taming Perham's high-flying offense in the semi-finals, led by the balanced offense attack of QB Garrett Myren (24 pass touchdows, 13 rush touchdowns in 2018).


Saturday, 4 pm: Class 5A Championship - Owatonna (12-0) vs St. Thomas Academy (12-0)

HOW THEY GOT HERE:

Owatonna: W vs Chaska 42-27

W vs Elk River 39-8

St. Thomas Academy: W vs Tartan 35-14

W vs Bemidji 33-21

Undefeated 5A powers meet in the 5A championship game, with Owatonna looking to defend their title. Both teams feature high-powered running games: Minnesota Gopher committ Jason Williamson (Owatonna) has ran for 2,827 yards and 44 touchdowns, while Brendan McFadden (St. Thomas Academy) has ran for 1,714 yards and 36 touchdowns.


If you're unable to make it down for any of the state tournament games, you'll be able to stream them online for free at www.prepspotlight.tv and www.prep45.com, courtesy of 45TV.






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