It was football championship play Friday at U.S. Bank Stadium
High school football championships were won Friday in Minnesota State High School League play at U.S. Bank Stadium
Caledonia runs over Minneapolis North in Class AA
MINNEAPOLIS — Make it five straight state titles for Caledonia and make it a nation-leading 68 consecutive football wins.
Yes, the Warriors did it again on Friday afternoon at U.S. Bank Stadium. And in their usual style, they did it in one-sided fashion, beating third-ranked Minneapolis North 26-0.
Caledonia quarterback Noah King threw for 138 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 82 yards. Eli King totaled 54 yards receiving and scoring three touchdowns. Eli King also had two interceptions on defense.
Caledonia finished with 213 yards of offense, compared to 275 by North. But the Polars turned the ball over three times, while Caledonia lost it just once.
Both sides entered the game unbeaten.
Caledonia got on top early as the Kings connected on a 42-yard scoring pass late in the first quarter and led 20-0 at halftime.
Blooming Prairie levels BOLD in Class A
MINNEAPOLIS — Blooming Prairie has its football championship. And what a satisfying one it was for the Blossoms, on two heavy hitting levels.
Blooming Prairie’s 41-15 win over No. 1-ranked BOLD in Friday’s Class A Prep Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium not only gave the program its first state title in football, but it got rid of the bad taste it had endured since losing in lopsided fashion to BOLD a year ago in the state semifinals.
Blooming Prairie, known for years as an offensive machine under 23rd-year head coach Chad Gimbel, didn’t disappoint there against BOLD. It totaled a whopping 400 offensive yards. That included a 23-for-30 passing performance by quarterback Kaden Thomas, who threw for 298 yards and three touchdowns.
BOLD was held to 19 yards rushing and allowed seven sacks.
Rocori edges SMB Wolfpack in 4A
MINNEAPOLIS — Rocori pulled off two stunning plays in a heart-stopping finish to defeat SMB 22-21 in overtime to capture the Class AAAA Prep Bowl championship on Friday, Nov. 29, at U.S. Bank Stadium.
After pulling to within two points following a 15-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Jack Steil to junior wide receiver Jayden Phillippi on a 4th-and-goal play, the Spartans didn’t hesitate, and opted to go for the 2-point conversion attempt and take a shot at its first Class AAAA championship since 2011.
Steil delivered again, finding senior wide receiver Andrew Anderson in the front right corner of the end zone to trigger a frenzied celebration after knocking off the defending Class AAAA champions.
Moments earlier, SMB (Saint Paul Academy, Minnehaha and Blake) snapped a 14-all tie when senior wide receiver Terry Lockett caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Jalen Suggs. Senior kicker Theo Crosby then tacked on the extra point.
It was the seventh overtime game in the Prep Bowl Era, which began in 1982. The last was in 2014 when Holdingford defeated BOLD in two overtimes for the Class AA crown.
Steil accounted for 213 total yards for the Spartans (11-2). He gained 102 rushing yards and scored twice. He also completed 8 of 13 passes for 111 yards.
Suggs threw for 157 yards and a touchdown to lead the Wolfpack (12-1), but was sacked five times.
Wayzata defeats Champlin Park for 6A crown
MINNEAPOLIS — Wayzata rushed to the Class AAAAAA championship with a 35-20 victory over Champlin Park in the Prep Bowl title game on Friday, Nov. 29 at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Senior Christian Vasser, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound workhorse running back, was the Trojans’ trailblazer with a Prep Bowl-record 49 carries that produced 285 yards and a record-tying five rushing touchdowns in powering Wayzata (13-0) to their first big-school state championship since 2010. The Trojans also claimed big-school championships in 2005 and 2008.
Vasser scored three touchdowns in the second half, including a 2-yard run with 2:49 remaining in regulation time that secured the Trojans’ victory. His workload eclipsed the previous mark of 44 carries set by Joel Bauman of Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg in 2008. His five rushing touchdowns equaled the mark first set by Cromwell’s Jordan Suhonen in 2010 and then equaled by Owatonna’s Jason Williamson in 2017.
Vasser averaged 5.8 yards per carry with a long run of 37 yards.
Champlin Park (10-2) was paced by senior quarterback Jaice Miller, who rushed for 94 yards and threw for 80. Junior running back Shawn Shipman, who chipped in 56 yards, scored on a 7-yard run with 15 seconds remaining in the second quarter that gave the Rebels a 17-14 halftime lead.