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PHOTOS: NLS vs. W-M Class AAA state football semis Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022

NLS junior Jack Hanson, 57, celebrates with teammate Lucas Swenson after Swenson scored a touchdown during the Class AAA state semifinals against Watertown-Mayer on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
NLS junior Jack Hanson, 57, celebrates with teammate Lucas Swenson after Swenson scored a touchdown during the Class AAA state semifinals against Watertown-Mayer on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
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NLS senior Hunter Downey, 33, chases down a Watertown-Mayer ball carrier during the Class AAA state semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
NLS senior Hunter Downey, 33, chases down a Watertown-Mayer ball carrier during the Class AAA state semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
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NLS head football coach Chad Gustafson chats with sophomore Blake Schultz following the Wildcats' 33-28 victory in the Class AAA state semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
NLS head football coach Chad Gustafson chats with sophomore Blake Schultz following the Wildcats' 33-28 victory in the Class AAA state semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
Joe Brown / West Central Tribune
NLS senior Brycen Christensen, 81, runs by a pair of Watertown-Mayer defenders for a 57-yard touchdown run during the Class AAA state semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
NLS senior Brycen Christensen runs by a pair of Watertown-Mayer defenders for a 57-yard touchdown run during the Class AAA state semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
Joe Brown / West Central Tribune
The NLS pep band performs during the Class AAA state semifinals against Watertown-Mayer on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
The NLS pep band performs during the Class AAA state semifinals against Watertown-Mayer on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
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NLS senior Brycen Christensen reacts while the referee signals touchdown on a 57-yard run in the first quarter of the Class AAA state semifinals against Watertown-Mayer on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
NLS senior Brycen Christensen reacts while the referee signals touchdown on a 57-yard run in the first quarter of the Class AAA state semifinals against Watertown-Mayer on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
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The NLS student section cheers on the Wildcats during the Class AAA state semifinals against Watertown-Mayer on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
The NLS student section cheers on the Wildcats during the Class AAA state semifinals against Watertown-Mayer on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
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NLS junior Marshel Johnson, 55, goes after Watertown-Mayer quarterback Albert Rundell during the Class AAA state semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
NLS junior Marshel Johnson, 55, goes after Watertown-Mayer quarterback Albert Rundell during the Class AAA state semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
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NLS sophomore Blake Schultz, 4, looks for a passing lane during the Class AAA state semifinals against Watertown-Mayer on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
NLS sophomore Blake Schultz, 4, looks for a passing lane during the Class AAA state semifinals against Watertown-Mayer on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
Joe Brown / West Central Tribune
NLS junior Lucas Swenson crosses the goal line for a 1-yard touchdown run during the Class AAA state semifinals against Watertown-Mayer on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
NLS junior Lucas Swenson crosses the goal line for a 1-yard touchdown run during the Class AAA state semifinals against Watertown-Mayer on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
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The NLS cheerleaders pump up the crowd during the Class AAA state semifinals against Watertown-Mayer on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
The NLS cheerleaders pump up the crowd during the Class AAA state semifinals against Watertown-Mayer on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
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NLS senior Brycen Christensen, 81, and senior Hunter Downey, 33, take down a Watertown-Mayer ball carrier during the Class AAA state semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
NLS senior Brycen Christensen, 81, and senior Hunter Downey, 33, take down a Watertown-Mayer ball carrier during the Class AAA state semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
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The NLS football team runs onto the field for the second half of the Class AAA state semifinals against Watertown-Mayer on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
The NLS football team runs onto the field for the second half of the Class AAA state semifinals against Watertown-Mayer on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
Joe Brown / West Central Tribune
NLS senior Brycen Christensen, 81, is lifted up by senior Luke Wosmek after scoring a touchdown during the Class AAA state semifinals against Watertown-Mayer on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
NLS senior Brycen Christensen, 81, is lifted up by senior Luke Wosmek after scoring a touchdown during the Class AAA state semifinals against Watertown-Mayer on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
Joe Brown / West Central Tribune
The NLS cheerleading squad pumps up the Wildcat fans during the Class AAA state semifinals against Watertown-Mayer on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
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NLS junior Mason Delzer, 7, looks for a running lane during the Class AAA state semifinals against Watertown-Mayer on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
NLS junior Mason Delzer, 7, looks for a running lane during the Class AAA state semifinals against Watertown-Mayer on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
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NLS senior Gabe Rohman races down the sideline after catching the ball during the Class AAA state semifinals against Watertown-Mayer on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
NLS senior Gabe Rohman races down the sideline after catching the ball during the Class AAA state semifinals against Watertown-Mayer on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
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NLS junior Mason Delzer, 7, jumps up to throw a pass while being hit by a Watertown-Mayer defender during a two-point conversion attempt in the Class AAA state semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Delzer completed the pass for the conversion.
NLS junior Mason Delzer, 7, jumps up to throw a pass while being hit by a Watertown-Mayer defender during a two-point conversion attempt in the Class AAA state semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Delzer completed the pass for the conversion.
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NLS senior Brycen Christensen, 81, celebrates with teammate Grant Paffrath after scoring a touchdown in the Class AAA state semifinals against Watertown-Mayer on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
NLS senior Brycen Christensen, 81, celebrates with teammate Grant Paffrath after scoring a touchdown in the Class AAA state semifinals against Watertown-Mayer on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
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NLS junior Lucas Swenson celebrates with the crowd after the Wildcats beat Watertown-Mayer 33-28 in the Class AAA state semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
NLS junior Lucas Swenson celebrates with the crowd after the Wildcats beat Watertown-Mayer 33-28 in the Class AAA state semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
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