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Holy Angels

Prep Bowl XXXVI Preview: 4A

By Ryan Phelps
US Bank Stadium - Minneapolis, MN

Prep Bowl Previews

9M / 1A / 2A / 3A / 4A / 5A / 6A


State Tournament Brackets

9M / 1A / 2A / 3A / 4A / 5A / 6A


Head coaches

Holy Angels: Jim Gunderson, 3rd year, 20-10 career record

Cloquet: Thomas Lenarz, 14th year, 76-70 career record


Where they rank

Holy Angels: #1 in QRF, #8 in AP

Cloquet: #4 in QRF, #5 in AP


Head to Head

Have not played in the last 10 years


Previous Prep Bowl Success

Holy Angels

  • 3rd state championship appearance (2005, 13, 17)
  • 0 state championship wins


  • 2nd state championship appearance (1976, 17)
  • 0 state championship wins


Points Per Game

Holy Angels: 36.6 points per game (#6 in 4A)

Cloquet: 39.1 points per game (#3 in 4A)


Points Against

Holy Angels: 10.3 points against (#1 in 4A)

Cloquet: 14.2 points per game (#6 in 4A)


Margin of Victory

Holy Angels: 26.3 margin of victory (#2 in 4A)

Cloquet: 24.9 margin of victory (#4 in 4A)


Road to the Bank

Holy Angels

Section finals: defeated Orono, 35-14

State Quarterfinals: defeated Rocori, 20-8

State Semifinals: defeated Winona, 26-22



Section finals: defeated North Branch, 46-26

State Quarterfinals: defeated Becker, 36-21

State Semifinals: defeated South St. Paul, 40-21


The Skinny

Friday, November 24, 4pm at US Bank Stadium

Academy of Holy Angels returns for its sixth appearance, but first since 2014. Cloquet returns for its second consecutive appearance and eighth overall. The Lumberjacks fell in the quarterfinals last year.

The Stars of Academy of Holy Angels like to keep the ball on the ground and they accumulated 2,449 rushing yards this season. Senior quarterback Joseph Heimbold scored 11 rushing touchdowns on 202 carries for 1,240 yards. Heimbold also completed 96 of his 169 pass attempts for eight touchdowns. Junior Thomas Shelstad added 10 touchdowns on 95 carries and accumulated 504 yards. Shelstad also paced Academy of Holy Angels’ defense with 70 tackles and two fumble recoveries. Senior Keontay Shorter added 36 tackles for the Stars with one fumble recovery and six interceptions. Academy of Holy Angels averages 37.5 points this season to its opponents’ 8.9.

The Cloquet Lumberjacks also prefer to keep the ball on the ground. They gained 3,376 rushing yards on 525 attempts this season. Spencer Wehr, a senior, led the ground game with 19 touchdowns on 185 carries for 1,102 yards. Senior Aahsan Maigag added 11 rushing touchdowns on 92 carries. Maigag has tallied 634 yards this season. Tim Pokornowski, Cloquet’s senior quarterback, completed 92 of 162 passing attempts for 1,395 yards and 16 touchdowns. Pokornowski also added 1,075 yards on the ground for another eight touchdowns. Senior Jayden Schneberger anchored the Lumberjacks’ defense with 58.5 tackles and two interceptions. Cloquet averages 38.9 points per game this year and their opponents average 14.2 points against them.

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