Prep Bowl: CGB, Caledonia, Hutch, Eden Prairie claim titles
Minneapolis -- Caledonia and Eden Prairie repeated as Minnesota football champions on Friday in the first day of the two-day, seven-class Prep Bowl.
Caledonia won its third straight Class AA championship with a 25-22 win over Moose Lake-Willow River. It's Caledonia's sixth championship overall and its fifth title in the last six years.
Eden Prairie won its eighth championship with a 28-7 win over Lakeville North in the first Class AAAAAA title game Friday night.
Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley opened the day with a 40-22 win over Grand Meadow in the 9-man championship game. It's CGB's first title.
Hutchinson won its fourth championship -- and first since 1998 -- with a dominating 67-7 victory over Holy Family in the Class AAAA championship game.
The Prep Bowl wraps up today with three games:
n Bethlehem Academy (11-2) takes on Mahnomen (13-0) in the Class A championship game at 10 a.m.
n Rochester Lourdes (13-0) plays Blue Earth (12-0) in the Class AAA game at 1 p.m.
n Owatonna (12-0) takes on Totino-Grace (12-0) in the Class AAAAA game at 4 p.m.
Caledonia 25, Moose Lake/Willow River 22
Senior Levi Schmitz connected on a 24-yard field goal as time expired to give the top-ranked Caledonia Warriors their third consecutive Class AA championship with a 25-22 win over Moose Lake/Willow River at Prep Bowl XXXI at the Metrodome.
The Warriors used a balanced offensive attack with 196 yards rushing and 131 yards through the air. Senior quarterback Alex Varney completed 9-of-16 passes with a touchdown, while the ground game was paced by senior back Brad Strub, who rushed 16 times for 76 yards and a touchdown. Varney added 64 yards rushing on 15 carries.
Caledonia (13-0) opened the scoring with Strub's one-yard touchdown plunge midway through the first quarter to give the Warriors a 6-0 lead. Moose Lake/Willow River senior defensive back Ben Moonen intercepted Varney on Caledonia's next possession and returned it 43 yards to set up senior running back Jake Disterhaupt's two-yard touchdown run to give the Rebels a brief 7-6 second-quarter lead. Caledonia reclaimed the lead before half on a 36-yard field goal by Schmitz and a 25-yard touchdown pass from Varney to Strub for a 15-7 advantage.
Moose Lake/Willow River stormed back in the third quarter with a pair of long touchdown plays to reclaim the lead. Disterhaupt scored on a 71-yard touchdown run, followed by an 84-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Tony Adamczak to senior tight end Isaac Coil. Caledonia's Varney intercepted Adamczak on the Rebels' next possession and returned the pass 14 yards for a Warriors touchdown to tie the game at 22-22.
Disterhaupt led the Rebels ground game with 14 rushes for 91 yards. The Rebels, who were ranked No. 2 in the final Associated Press poll, finished the season with a record of 13-1.
Source: Minnesota State High School League
Eden Prairie 28, Lakeville North 7
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Dan Fisher ran for 148 yards and a touchdown to help Eden Prairie defeat Lakeville North 28-7 on Friday night in Minnesota's inaugural 6A championship game.
Eden Prairie (11-2) won its eighth state title in school history. Quarterback Grant Shaeffer attempted only two passes all night, but ran for 23 yards and a score.
Jacob Woodring and Anthony Anderson also had rushing touchdowns for the Eagles.
Zach Creighton threw for 100 yards and a touchdown for Lakeville North, but he was intercepted three times.
The Panthers (11-2) scored 140 points in the playoffs to advance to the title game but struggled all night to move the ball against Eden Prairie's stingy defense.
Lakeville North had 119 rushing yards, although 59 of them came on two long runs in the game's final minutes.
Creighton's 37-yard run with three minutes to play was Lakeville North's longest offensive play of the night.
Hutchinson 67, Holy Family 7
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Hutchinson's McKinley Anderson was sacked for a 10-yard loss the only time he dropped back for a pass. But that's the only thing that went wrong for the Tigers' quarterback -- who spent the rest of the night happily handing off the ball to running backs while Holy Family's defenders struggled to catch up.
Mitch Petersen ran for 148 yards and three touchdowns as Hutchinson routed Holy Family 67-7 on Friday night to win the Class 4A state championship.
"We pride ourselves on being able to just turn around and hand off and run hard," Tigers coach Andy Rostberg said after watching his players record 516 total yards of offense, all rushing. "If anyone can stop that, you know we can throw. But when you don't have to throw, then we're not going to run our whole offense if you don't have to."
The Tigers (13-0) set a Prep Bowl record for margin of victory and narrowly missed the record for most points in a game. Both records were set in 2006 when Triton beat Luverne 70-21.
Petersen was one of three Tigers to record a run of 40 yards or more, and he averaged 18.5 yards per carry.
And he wasn't even Hutchinson's leading rusher. Tory Adams ran for 197 yards and a touchdown for the Tigers. Anderson also ran for three short scores in the first half.
"We came back to him a couple times saying 'Oh sweet, now you're going to get the touchdown even though we ran it down to the one,'" Petersen said of his quarterback with a laugh.
It's Hutchinson's fourth state title in school history, and first since 1998.
The rematch between the two Wright County Conference foes looked a lot like their first meeting -- when the Tigers beat the Fire 60-7 on Sept. 28.
Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 40, Grand Meadow 22
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A dominant rushing game and a suffocating defense led Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley to its first state title.
Austin Maanum ran for 185 yards and two touchdowns, Jason Montonye scored three times and the Wolverines defeated Grand Meadow 40-22 for the Class 9-Man Championship at Friday's Prep Bowl.
Montonye had 126 rushing yards, scored on a kickoff return and had an interception for the Wolverines (13-0).
Trenton Bleifus threw for 217 yards and three touchdowns for Grand Meadow (12-2). It is the first time this season an opponent scored more than two touchdowns against Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley.
"Today our kids did a good job of shutting down a very dangerous offense, especially for the first three quarters," said Wolverines co-coach Brian Dahl.
The Superlarks were held to 264 yards, about two-thirds of their season average. They had just 55 first-half yards and were sacked five times -- including two each by Ethan Chase and Keane Turner -- and trailed 20-0 at intermission.
Montonye scored on a 51-yard run two plays into the second quarter and added a 49-yard run with 1:22 to play in the half. Maanum scored on a 73-yard weave about a minute later. All 414 of the Wolverines total yards were rushing.
"Our offensive line again did a good job of sustaining their blocks. It's just one block and we're gone with our speed," Maanum said. "They had their linebackers so close with a one-level defense. You broke one tackle and you were gone."
Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley played its second straight game without fullback/linebacker Logan Nordly, a 1,156-yard rusher and the team's third-leading tackler.
"The whole team had to step up," Montonye said. "We weren't asking one guy to fill his shoes, everyone just had to do a little bit more and they were able to do that."
Grand Meadow got to the Wolverines' 16-yard line midway through the third quarter, but a fourth-down completion netted zero yards. Seven plays later, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley quarterback Damon Gibson scored on a 39-yard run to make it 26-0.
"CGB has an awful lot of speed and we gave up too many big plays," said Grand Meadow coach Gary Sloan.
Bleifus and Landon Jacobson connected on a 61-yard screen pass for a Superlarks touchdown late in the third quarter, but Montonye returned the ensuing kickoff for an 82-yard score to make it 32-8.
"You better get in front of him because you're not going to catch him from behind," said Maanum.
Mike Ojulu had two late touchdown receptions for Grand Meadow, which had scored at least 40 points 10 times this season.
"We dug a deep hole and it was too hard to get out of," Sloan said.
Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley, located in western Minnesota near the South Dakota border, entered the game as the state's top-ranked team in the final Associated Press poll. Grand Meadow, located between Rochester and Austin, was unranked.