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Derek Henle returns second half kickoff 91 yards to the Kasson-Mantorville one yard line to set up the Wildcats 4th touchdown

MINNEAPOLIS - A school renown for its state tournament basketball teams has projected itself into the state football championship game.

New London-Spicer (13-0) frolicked to a 34-0 lead and went on to defeat Kasson-Mantorville 34-14 in the Class AAA semifinal-round at the Metro Dome on Saturday.

The Wildcats, whose only other state trip was a year ago when they lost in the semifinals, will play three-time defending state champion Glencoe-Silver Lake (13-0) at noon Saturday back in downtown Minneapolis.

Quarterback Jayme Moten threw for two touchdowns - to Jake Essler and Luke Peterson - and also caught a TD pass thrown by Peterson on a trick play. NLS scooted to a 7-0 lead on a blocked punt by Justin Zylstra that was scooped up by Erik Tengwall at the Komets' four-yard-line.

Despite the game's 48 points, defenses dominated with NLS outgaining the Komets in total yards 207 to 187.

Rand Middleton
Tribune photographer/videographer. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime news/sports beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 
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