Briefly: Weather halts gymnasts; football Warriors repeat

By: 
S. Lee Epps

Weather prevented the Caledonia/Spring Grove/Houston gymnasts from making last week’s trip to Austin. The season opener will now be this Thursday’s (Dec. 5) home meet with Stewartville.

Caledonia extended its nation-leading football winning streak to 68 games while also romping to a fifth straight state championship. The Warriors blanked Minneapolis North 26-0 in Friday's Class AA final.

The Class AA, Class A and 9-man title games all involved matchups of undefeated teams.

After a tournament full of blowouts in 9-man, there was a competitive championship game. Mountain Lake Area, which had never trailed all season, rallied from a two-touchdown deficit to defeat Hancock, 22-14. MLA came in as the highest-scoring 9-man club in the state, averaging 49.8 points per game.

Mountain Lake was the top-ranked team in the press poll while Hancock was No, 1 in the computer rankings. Mountain Lake's last loss came against Spring Grove in last year's state title game, 40-18.

In the Class A final, Blooming Prairie blew away BOLD, 41-15. The Awesome Blossoms thus avenged last year's 30-point state semi-final loss to BOLD. It was ninth state tourney appearance for Blooming Prairie, but it was the Blossoms' first Prep Bowl and state crown.

In Class AAA, Pierz edged Dassel-Cokato 28-27. The number 34 jersey accompanied the Dassel-Cokato team as it has ever since Jacob MacDonald died two years ago as a sophomore. His classmates are now seniors.

It was also tight in AAAA with Rocori (coming off a 2-8 season in 2018) winning 22-21 with a two-point conversion in overtime against SMB (program shared by four Twin Cities area private schools).

In Class AAAAA, Chaska downed St. Thomas Academy 10-7. Christian Vasser carried 45 times for 280 yards and five touchdowns. In largest Class AAAAAA, Wayzata defeated Champlin Park, 35-20.