Caledonia vs Minneapolis North State Football

Caledonia took down Minneapolis North in a Class AA state quarterfinal game in 2017. The Warriors and Polars will meet again on Friday in the Prep Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. (PB file photo by Andrew Link /

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Matchup: No. 3 Champlin Park (10-1) vs. No. 1 Wayzata (12-0)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Prep Bowl appearances: Champlin Park 3 (1998 runner-up, 2002 runner-up, 2019); Wayzata 5 (2004 runner-up, 2008 champion, 2010 champion, 2015 champion, 2019)

Path to the Prep Bowl: Champlin Park beat Rosemount 34-7, beat beat Lakeville North 31-21. Wayzata beat Centennial 38-21, beat Lakeville South 28-14.

Notes: Champlin Park’s lone loss came in Week 3, 21-20 against Centennial. … The Rebels haven’t allowed more than 21 points in a game this season. … Champlin Park allows an average of 12.4 points per game, the fourth-best total in the state in Class AAAAAA. … Wayzata has the second-best defense in Class AAAAAA, allowing 10.7 points per game. … The Trojans are 12-0 after going 5-5 a year ago. … Wayzata is led by running back Christian Vasser, who rushed for 269 yards and three touchdowns in the state semifinals.

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Matchup: No. 3 Chaska (11-1) vs. No. 6 St. Thomas Academy (11-1)

When: Saturday, 4 p.m.

Prep Bowl appearances: Chaska 1 (2019); St. Thomas Academy 5 (2000 runner-up, 2006 runner-up, 2015 runner-up, 2018 runner-up).

Path to the Prep Bowl: Chaska, beat Mahtomedi 34-7, beat Coon Rapids 34-14. St. Thomas Academy beat Owatonna 21-0, beat Elk River 53-16.

Notes: This is a rematch of the regular-season finale for both teams, a game that Chaska won 20-0 on its home field. … Chaska’s lone loss came against No. 2-ranked Robbinsdale Armstrong in Week 4, 32-14. … The Hawks have held every other opponent to 15 points or less. … Chaska has recorded five shutouts, including a 21-0 blanking of Mankato West in the Section 2AAAAA championship game. … STA reached the title game by beating two-time defending state champion Owatonna 21-0, then routing No. 6 Elk River 53-16. … STA had 499 yards of total offense in the semifinals against Elk River. … Cadets running back Danny McFadden is a weapon; he had 216 yards of total offense and three TDs in the semifnals.

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Matchup: No. 2 SMB Wolfpack (12-0) vs. Rocori (10-2)

When: Friday, 4 p.m.

Prep Bowl appearances: SMB Wolfpack 2 (2018 champion, 2019); Rocori 3 (1991 runner-up, 2011 champion, 2019).

Path to the Prep Bowl: SMB Wolfpack, beat Chisago Lakes 49-28, beat Hutchinson 22-16. Rocori beat Delano 35-7, beat Winona 48-24.

Notes: Rocori was unranked in the final state poll after a 6-2 regular season. Its only losses were to No. 1-ranked Hutchinson and No. 7 Becker. … The Spartans have allowed more than 14 points in a game just twice this year (a 36-20 loss at Hutchinson and a 48-24 win against Winona in the state semifinals). … Rocori’s 9.4 points per game allowed is the third-best mark in all of Class AAAA. … SMB, the defending state champion, has won 25 consecutive games. … It allowed just 47 points in the entire regular season, but has allowed an average of 22.3 in four playoff games. … SMB quarterback Jalen Suggs is a Division I football prospect, but it’s believed the 6-foot-5, 200-pound senior is more likely choose to play Division I college basketball.

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Matchup: Dassel-Cokato (10-3) vs. No. 1 Pierz (13-0)

When: Saturday, 1 p.m.

Prep Bowl appearances: Dassel-Cokato 1 (2019); Pierz 4 (2004 champion, 2015 champion, 2017 runner-up, 2019).

Path to the Prep Bowl: Dassel-Cokato beat Cannon Falls 26-22, beat Annandale 24-14. Pierz beat Perham 58-16, beat Jackson County Central 20-14.

Notes: Dassel-Cokato is 10-3, but its three losses came by an average of 5.0 points. … The Chargers are coached by Wabasha native Ryan Weinandt. … D-C averages 30.7 points per game and allows 15.9. … It was unranked in the final state poll, but has averaged 36.4 points per game in the postseason. … Pierz has won two of the past four state championships. … The Pioneers are 60-3 overall since the start of the 2015 season. … Pierz has the top-rated offense and defense in Class AAA, scoring 43.9 points per game and allowing 8.8 points per game. It allowed more than seven points in a game just once in the regular season. … The Pioneers have averaged 45.0 ppg and allowed 13.2 in the postseason.

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Matchup: No. 3 Minneapolis North (12-0) vs. No. 1 Caledonia (13-0)

When: Friday, 1 p.m.

Prep Bowl appearances: Minneapolis North 3 (2015 runner-up, 2016 champion, 2019); Caledonia 11 (2005 runner-up, 2007 champion, 2008 champion, 2010 champion, 2011 champion, 2012 champion, 2015 champion, 2016 champion, 2017 champion, 2018 champion, 2019)

Path to the Prep Bowl: Minneapolis North beat Blue Earth Area 26-20, beat Paynesville Area 44-32. Caledonia beat Pipestone Area 56-14, beat Barnesville 43-12.

Notes: This is North’s first appearance in the Class AA Prep Bowl. It lost in the 2015 Class A Prep Bowl 35-18 to Minneota, then defeated Rushford-Peterson 30-14 in the 2016 Class A Prep Bowl. … The Polars didn’t allow more than seven points in a game during the regular season. They have allowed an average of 23.8 in the postseason. … North has the second-highest scoring offense in Class AA, 41.5 ppg. … Caledonia has won four consecutive Class AA state titles and has won 67 consecutive games, the longest active high school football winning streak in the country. … The Warriors are led by Mr. Football finalist Noah King. The senior QB has thrown for nearly 1,800 yards and 28 touchdowns this season.

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Matchup: No. 1 BOLD (13-0) vs. No. 2 Blooming Prairie (12-0)

When: Friday, 10 a.m.

Prep Bowl appearances: BOLD 7 (1990 champion, 1991 champion, 1992 runner-up, 1998 runner-up, 2014 runner-up, 2018 runner-up, 2019). Blooming Prairie 1 (2019).

Path to the Prep Bowl: BOLD beat Deer River 33-12, beat Browerville-Eagle Valley 56-7. Blooming Prairie beat Springfield 42-20, beat Ada-Borup 41-0.

Notes: This is a rematch of a state semifinal game of a year ago. BOLD won that game 37-7 before falling to Mahnomen/Waubun 22-21 in the Prep Bowl. … Blooming Prairie is in the Prep Bowl for the first time. … BOLD’s defense is the best in Class A, allowing just 7.5 points per game. The Warriors score 43.5 per game, third-best in Class A. BOLD has shut out five of its 13 opponents, including a 21-0 victory against Canby in the Section 5A championship game. … Blooming Prairie has the highest-scoring offense in Class A, averaging 48.8 points per game. The Blossoms allow 8.7, third-best in the state. … The Blossoms have recorded four shutouts this season, including routing Ada-Borup 41-0 in the state semifinals.

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Matchup: No. 4 Hancock (13-0) vs. No. 1 Mountain Lake Area (13-0)

When: Saturday, 10 a.m.

Prep Bowl appearances: Hancock 1 (2019), MLA 3 (2002 runner-up, 2018 runner-up, 2019).

Path to the Prep Bowl: Hancock beat Renville County West 32-20, defeated Mountain Iron-Buhl 65-32. Mountain Lake Area beat Grand Meadow 42-12, beat Win-E-Mac 45-6.

Notes: This is one of three Prep Bowl matchups between unbeaten teams. … Mountain Lake Area has the highest-scoring offense in the state in Nine-Man football, averaging 49.8 points per game. MLA has the fourth-best defense, allowing 10.8 ppg. … Hancock scores 36.8 ppg and allows 14.1 ppg. … Hancock is the No. 1-ranked team in Nine-Man in the QRF rankings. MLA is No. 8. … Hancock is the Prep Bowl for the first time ever, in just its second-ever trip to a state tournament, and first since 1990. … MLA has scored at least 40 points in 12 of its 13 games this season, the exception a 28-6 victory against Hills-Beaver Creek in the Section 3 championship game.

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