State football fans cheer and play

Hancock and Paynesville prep football teams played in state football semifinal games Thursday.

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The Hancock student section reacts after the Owls scored a two-point conversion in the second quarter of Thursday's Class 9-Man state semifinal game against Moutain Iron-Buhl at U.S. Bank Stadium. Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

Fans of the Hancock Owls and the Paynesville Bulldogs cheered their respective teams at separate state football semifinal games Thursday at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Hancock advanced to the Nine-Man state championship game with 54-32 win. Paynesville was outscored 44-32 in its Class 2A semifinal loss. See game reports on B1.

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The Paynesville pep band plays prior to the start of Thursday's Class AA state semifinal game at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

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Kelly Boldan has been editor of West Central Tribune and in Willmar, Minnesota, since October 2001. He joined Forum Communications Co. in November 1998 as editor of the Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer.
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