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Tuesday, November 22, 2016
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2016 State final nuggets

By Ryan Phelps
US Bank Stadium - Minneapolis, MN

Section seeds still standing (9M through 6A)

8 seeds: 0 (0 in 2015, 0 in 2014, 0 in 2013)

7 seeds: 0 (0, 0, 0)

6 seeds: 0 (0, 0, 0)

5 seeds: 0 (0, 0, 0)

4 seeds: 0 (0, 0, 0)

3 seeds: 0 (0, 1, 3)

2 seeds: 1 (2, 3, 2)

1 seeds: 13 (12, 10, 9)


Two’s company: only one team seeded #2 in their section advanced to the state finals

  • 4A, Section 5: Benilde-St. Margaret's


Teams remaining: 14

  • Two teams from each of the 7 classes
  • Seven will take home state championship trophies from Prep Bowl XXXV


Undefeated teams remaining: 9

  • 9M=2, 1A=1, 2A=1, 3A=2, 4A=0, 5A=2, 6A=1
  • Five teams lost their first game of the year in the state semifinals


Pick a winner: three state finals pit two undefeated teams against each other

  • 9M: Grand Meadow (13-0) vs Cleveland (13-0)
  • 3A: Rochester Lourdes (12-0) vs St Croix Lutheran (12-0)
  • 5A: Elk River (12-0) vs Spring Lake Park (12-0)


Worst record in Prep Bowl XXXV

  • 4A: Benilde-St. Margaret's (9-3)
  • No other team has more than one loss


Familiar foes: previous head-to-head matchups

  • 9M: Grand Meadow def. Cleveland in the 2015 state quarterfinals
  • 2A: Eden Valley-Watkins def. Caledonia in the 2005 state championship
  • 3A: Rochester Lourdes def. St Croix Lutheran in the 2014 state quarterfinals
  • 6A: Eden Prairie and Totino-Grace have met 7 times in the past 6 years
    • Eden Prairie is 5-2 in those matchups
    • Totino-Grace has won the last two


Streak extenders

  • #1(9M) Grand Meadow won their 49th consecutive game on Friday, 35-0 over Waubun
  • 49 games is the longest active winning streak in Minnesota football
  • With their 49th win, the Superlarks are now alone in third place for the longest streak in Minnesota history, surpassing 48 wins by Minneota (1986-89); Stephen-Argyle has the longest consecutive wins streak with 76 from 2003-08


Ready to repeat? Only two of seven teams will try to defend their titles

  • 2A, Caledonia vs Edn Valley-Watkins
  • 9M, Grand Meadow vs Cleveland


Down and out: five of the seven defending champs are watching from the sidelines

  • 6A, Osseo lost to Mounds View in the section semifinals
  • 5A, St. Michael-Albertville lost to Elk River in the section finals
  • 4A, Becker lost to Big Lake in the section semifinals
  • 3A, Pierz lost to St. Croix Lutheran in the state semifinals
  • 1A, Minneota lost to Wabasso in the section semifinals


Unfamiliar faces

  • Aside from the two defending champions, only one other team played for a championship last year (Minneapolis North)


Feeling good in the finals

  • Spring Lake Park is 1-0 in state championship games
  • St Croix Lutheran is 2-0 in state championship games
  • Grand Meadow is 3-2 in state championship games and are looking for their 4th straight
  • Rochester Lourdes is 3-1 in state championship games
  • Rushford-Peterson is 3-0 in state championship games
  • Caledonia is 7-2 in state championship games and are looking for their 2nd straight
  • Totino-Grace is 9-2 in state championship games
  • Eden Prairie is 10-1 in state championship games


Feels like forever

  • The longest layoffs between state championship appearances belong to Winona (1987), Elk River (1990), Spring Lake Park (1991), Eden Valley-Watkins (2005), Rushford-Peterson (2006)


Feels like the first time

  • Benilde-St Margaret's and Cleveland are playing in their first-ever state championship
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