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Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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2017 State final nuggets

By Ryan Phelps
Anytown, 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: 5 (2, 3, 2)

1 seeds: 9 (12, 10, 9)

 

Two’s company: five teams seeded #2 in their section advanced to the state finals

  • 1A, Section 5: Minneota
  • 2A, Section 3: Pipestone
  • 4A, Section 5: Holy Angels
  • 5A, Section 1: Owatonna
  • 6A, Section 5: Minnetonka

 

Teams remaining: 14

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

 

Undefeated teams remaining: 8

  • 9M=1, 1A=2, 2A=1, 3A=2, 4A=1, 5A=0, 6A=1
  • Two 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

  • 1A: Wabasso (13-0) vs Minneota (13-0)
  • 3A: St Croix Lutheran (12-0) vs Pierz (12-0)

 

Worst record in Prep Bowl XXXVI

  • The 6 teams that aren't undefeated all only have one loss

 

Familiar foes: previous head-to-head matchups

  • 1A: Wabasso and Minneota have met 5 times in the past five years
    • Minneota is 4-1 in those matchups
    • Wabasso won their only game against Minneota last year
  • 2A: Caledonia def. Pipestone in the 2015 state championship
  • 3A: St Croix Lutheran def Pierz in the 2016 state semifinals
  • 5A: Elk River def. Owatonna in the 2016 state semifinals
  • 6A: Eden Prairie and Minnetonka have met 15 times since 2003
    • Eden Prairie is 15-1 in those matchups
    • Minnetonka's only win came in 2004

 

Streak extenders

  • #1(2A) Caledonia won their 40th consecutive game on Thursday, 49-16 over Paynesville
  • 40 games is the longest active winning streak in Minnesota football
  • With their 40th win, the Warriors are now tied with Eden Prairie Eden Prairie (2012-15) for seventh longest streak in Minnesota history; 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

  • 5A, Elk River vs Owatonna
  • 2A, Caledonia vs Pipestone

 

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

  • 6A, Totino-Grace lost to Lakeville North in the section finals
  • 4A, Benilde-St. Margaret's lost to Orono in the section semifinals
  • 3A, Rochester Lourdes lost to St Croix Lutheran in the state quarterfinals
  • 1A, Minneapolis North (now in Class 2A) lost to Caledonia in the state quarterfinals
  • 9M, Grand Meadow lost to Spring Grove in the section semifinals

 

Unfamiliar faces

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

 

Feeling good in the finals

  • Owatonna is 1-3 in state championship games
  • Elk River is 1-1 in state championship games
  • St Croix Lutheran is 2-1 in state championship games
  • Minnetonka is 1-0 in state championship games
  • Pierz is 2-0 in state championship games
  • Minneota is 6-2 in state championship games
  • Caledonia is 8-2 in state championship games and looking for their 3rd straight
  • Eden Prairie is 10-2 in state championship games

 

Waiting on a win

  • Pipestone is 0-2 in state championship games
  • Holy Angels is 0-2 in state championship games
  • Cloquet is 0-1 in state championship games

 

Feels like forever

  • The longest layoffs between state championship appearances belong to Cloquet (1976), Minnetonka (2004)

 

Feels like the first time

  • Nevis, Spring Grove and Wabasso are playing in their first-ever state championship
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