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PHOTOS: NLS Wildcats secures Class AAA championship over D-G-F

The Wildcats of New London-Spicer won their second state football title in school history Saturday afternoon at US Bank Stadium after downing D-G-F 27-26 on Saturday, December 3, 2022, in Minneapolis.

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The New London-Spicer Wildcats pose for a team picture after defeating Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 27-26 during the Class AAA state championship at US Bank Stadium on December, 3, 2022.
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New London-Spicer senior Gabe Rohman hoists the Class AAA state championship trophy after downing Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 27-26 at US Bank Stadium on Saturday, December 3, 2022.
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New London-Spicer junior defensive end Brody Duke, center, attempts to break up a pass from Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton quarterback Owen Leach during the Class AAA state championship at US Bank Stadium on December, 3, 2022.
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New London-Spicer Brycen Christensen is brought down by Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton defenders during the Class AAA state championship at US Bank Stadium on December, 3, 2022.
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Members of the New London-Spicer Wildcats pause for a pregame prayer before taking the field against Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton during the Class AAA state championship at US Bank Stadium on December, 3, 2022.
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New London-Spicer head coach Chad Gustafson hugs senior Brycen Christensen after defeating Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 27-26 during the Class AAA state championship at US Bank Stadium on December, 3, 2022.
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The Wildcats of New London-Spicer rush the field at the start of the second half during the Class AAA state championship at US Bank Stadium on December, 3, 2022.
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New London-Spicer senior Gabe Rohman, center, and teammates celebrate defeating Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 27-26 during the Class AAA state championship at US Bank Stadium on December 3, 2022.
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New London-Spicer head coach Chad Gustafson yealls after the Wildcats score a touchdown during the Class AAA state championship matchup against Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton at US Bank Stadium on Saturday, December 3, 2022.
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The Fighting Saints comeback to defeat the Bluejays, 53-30.

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Members of the New London-Spicer student section cheer on the Wildcats during the Class AAA state championship at US Bank Stadium on December, 3, 2022.
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New London-Spicer junior Elijah Jacobson and junior Adam Sandau tackle a player from Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton during the Class AAA state championship at US Bank Stadium on December, 3, 2022.
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New London-Spicer fans celebrate a last-second victory over Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton during the Class AAA state championship at US Bank Stadium on December, 3, 2022.
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Lucas Swenson flies the school flag after defeating Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 27-26 during the Class AAA state championship at US Bank Stadium on December, 3, 2022.
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Wildcats senior Brycen Christensen catches a pass over Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton defender Owen Leach during the Class AAA state championship at US Bank Stadium on December, 3, 2022.
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New London-Spicer senior Kenneth Schmiesing tackled Drew Sheeley of Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton during the Class AAA state championship at US Bank Stadium on December, 3, 2022.
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New London-Spicer head coach Chad Gustafson looks to his hometown fans while celebrating the Wildcats' 27-26 Class AAA state championship victory over Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton at US Bank Stadium on Saturday, December 3, 2022.
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Schultz to Paffrath to Christensen leads to a state championship play for the ages for NLS

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New London-Spicer junior Jack Hanson leaps into the arms of a coach while celebrating a 27-26 victory over Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton during the Class AAA state championship at US Bank Stadium on Saturday, December 3, 2022.
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