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Adam Essler escapes tacklers in the St. Croix Lutheran secondary on a 67-yard touchdown dash to start the New London-Spicer scoring in the first quarter of the Class AAA state championship game Saturday at the Metrodome. The Crusaders defeated NLS 48-44. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton.

Prep Bowl: Wildcats edged out in frenzied Class AAA final


MINNEAPOLIS – In a wild game that looked like it was being contested by two guys sitting on a couch playing Madden NFL, the biggest play of all was a modest 5-yard quarterback keeper.

St. Croix Lutheran’s David Ponath dove for a first down after New London-Spicer had called its final timeout with about two minutes to play, and the Crusaders won their second Class AAA state championship in three years, outlasting the Wildcats 48-44 Saturday in the final Prep Bowl at the Metrodome.

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Tom Larson

Tom Larson is the sports editor of the West Central Tribune.

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