MINNEAPOLIS — BOLD is headed to its seventh Prep Bowl in school history. And in order to win the school’s third state title — and the first since 1991 — the Warriors will have to go through a Prep Bowl newcomer.
In Prep Bowl XXXVIII, BOLD will take on Blooming Prairie for the Class A championship at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 29 at U.S. Bank Stadium.
It will be a rematch of last fall’s Class A state semifinals where the Warriors locked up the Awesome Blossoms in a 37-7 win. In that game, BOLD outgained Blooming Prairie on the ground 340-34 and scored 27 straight points to close out the game.
Since the season came to an end last year, the Blossoms are ready for another go at the Warriors.
“There’s nothing better than that,” said Blooming Prairie running back Matthew Pryor in the post-game press conference after a 41-0 win over Ada-Borup on Saturday. “After the lost last year, we definitely had a chip on our shoulder and that’s what’s pushed us through this whole offseason. Practices, extra stuff, camps, that's been our target at the end. The end goal was to come back and get revenge.”
The Warriors punched their title game ticket first with a 56-7 victory against Browerville/Eagle Valley.
The Tigers opened the game with a drive that went 17 plays and chewed up over nine minutes of clock, resulting in a 1-yard rushing score by Landon Gode.
From that point on, BOLD’s defense kept Browerville/Eagle Valley off the board and held the Tigers to 46 yards of offense.
���My voice started to get a little quieter because my throat was sore from screaming at that point,” Warriors head coach Derek Flann said. “Our linebackers were just moving too far in that really tight system and we were getting outside of where the ball was coming. (We had) a few missed reads and our pad level was a little high. … We made some minor adjustments and the kids got ‘er done.”
And BOLD’s offense wasted little time getting on the board, with the Warriors’ eight scoring drives averaging out to 1:48 in time of possession.
Quarterback Jordan Sagedahl was 20 of 25 passing for 355 yards and six touchdowns without turning the ball over or being sacked.
“They played really soft (coverage),” Sagedahl said. “They played back so we hit a bunch of underneath (passes), then we had play action and hit a few deep. I think they were more rattled over anything (with us) hitting almost every pass.”
But if there’s one team in Class A that can match the Warriors’ versatility on offense, it’s the Awesome Blossoms.
Against Springfield in the state quarterfinals, quarterback Kaden Thomas threw for 288 yards passing, going 22-for-28 with four touchdowns. Then against Ada-Borup in the semifinals, the run game led the show with 294 yards on 41 attempts. Matthew Pryor was the workhorse that got Blooming Prairie to its first-ever Prep Bowl with 183 yards and three TDs in 18 attempts.
“I’ve been doing this for 23 years now as a head coach and been here (at state) four times,” Blooming Prairie head coach Chad Gimbel said while choking up during the post-game press conference. “To finally break through and get that opportunity, that’s a huge step for us and our program and for our kids.”
BOLD (13-0) 7 21 20 8 — 56
B/EV (10-2) 7 0 0 0 — 7
B/EV – Landon Gode 1 run (Trey Lancaster kick)
BOLD – Gavin Vosika 49 pass from Jordan Sagedahl (Braeden Tersteeg kick)
BOLD – Tim Peppel 1 run (pass failed)
BOLD – Vosika 44 pass from J. Sagedahl (Vosika pass from J. Sagedahl)
BOLD – Anthony Maher 12 pass from J. Sagedahl (Tersteeg kick)
BOLD – Drew Sagedahl 8 pass from J. Sagedahl (Tersteeg kick)
BOLD – Vosika 11 pass from J. Sagedahl (Tersteeg kick)
BOLD – Vosika 33 pass from Sagedahl (kick failed)
BOLD – David Garcia 5 run (Connor Plumley run)
First downs: 21 … Penalties: 2-23 … Rushing (Individual and team): David Garcia 2-50, Connor Plumley 10-34, Hunter Borer 1-25, Blake Plass 4-20, Braeden Tersteeg 1-4, Tim Peppel 1-1, Gavin Vosika 1-1, Jordan Sagedahl 1-0. 23-135 … Passing (Individual and team): J. Sagedahl 20-25-355-0 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Vosika 10-232, Matt Moorse 5-74, Drew Sagedahl 4-37, Anthony Maher 1-12 … Interceptions: None … Fumble recoveries: Peyton Riley 1 … Tackles (solo-assist): Andrew Sheehan 8-1, Plass 5-1, Joey McMath 4-1, Peppel 3-0, Maher 3-0, Tersteeg 3-0 … QB sacks: None
First downs: 8 … Penalties: 3-32 … Rushing (Individual and team): Mason Gode 12-47, Landon Gode 10-30, Cory Meyer 3-15, Carter Meiners 4-8, Marshall Murch 3-5, Aiden Eckel 3-4, Brock Hayes 2-2, Nye Becker 2-1, Joe Nederoscik 1-(-1), Austin Carr 2-(-4), Reis Irsfeld 2-(-6). 44-101 … Passing (Individual and team): Meyer 1-3-9-0 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Meiners 1-9 … Interceptions: None … Fumble recoveries: None … Tackles (solo-assist): Carr 3-0, Ian Gould 3-0, Meyer 3-0, Eckel 3-0 … QB sacks: None