Joe Mellenbruch

Freelance Writer
Sam Backer passed for three touchdowns and ran for another as Chatfield rolled past Blue Earth Area 35-6 in a Class AA high school football state quarterfinal game on Thursday night at Mayo High School.
The Chatfield Gophers eked by rival Caledonia in a hard-fought Section 1AA championship game. The Gophers are refocused now and ready to face Blue Earth Area in the state quarterfinals tonight.
Rees Grimsrud passed for two touchdowns and Tore Pappenfuss recorded three interceptions as Mayo rolled past Owatonna 36-7 in the Section 1AAAAA football championship game on Saturday at Mayo High School. Up next: A date in the state quarterfinals with the only team to beat Mayo this year, top-ranked Mankato West.
Chatfield, ranked No. 1 in the state in Class AA, nipped No. 8 Caledonia 10-8 in the Section 1AA football championship game on Friday.
Broc Barwald rushed for 176 yards as Kasson-Mantorville defeated Winona 29-5 in the Section 1AAAA semifinals. K-M will face Stewartville in the section title game.
Just 11 days after suffering a three-score loss at Dover-Eyota, Goodhue flipped the script Tuesday night, beating the Eagles 27-7 in a Section 1AAA quarterfinal football game.
Hunter Holland ran for two touchdowns and Spring Grove's defense held Lanesboro to just 6 points as the Lions beat the Burros to remain unbeaten and claim the top seed in the upcoming Section 1 playoffs.
Three Goodhue drives of 11-plus plays went for zero points and the Dover-Eyota offense used big nights from Brayden Swee and Landon Lehnertz to knock off the Wildcats.
Chatfield stayed unbeaten as it slipped past Caledonia 19-6 in a contest matching two of the top teams in the state.
No. 1-ranked Chatfield hosts No. 3 Caledonia on Friday in a football game that matches unbeaten teams and celebrated programs.