Football: NLS secures improbable Class AAA title

Wildcats win second state title against DGF on final play

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New London-Spicer junior running back Lucas Swenson 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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MINNEAPOLIS — New London-Spicer needed a miracle. Grant Paffrath and Brycen Christensen delivered it in a shocking end to the Class AAA state football championship.

In the final play of the game Saturday at U.S. Bank Stadium, Wildcats quarterback Blake Schultz hit Paffrath near the end zone. About to be tackled, Paffrath lateraled the ball to Christensen, who scampered into the end zone as time expired to give NLS the 27-26 victory over Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton.

It is the Wildcats' first state championship since 2009.

DGF took a 26-21 lead with 25 seconds remaining. The Rebels ran a 10-play, 95-yard drive that was capped off by a 19-yard rushing score by Jordan Summers.

For more on NLS' state championship, check later tonight.


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