Dawson-Boyd wins first state title with 35-20 win over Mahnomen
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- In the end, the Dawson-Boyd Blackjacks trailed six-time state champion Mahnomen in nearly every statistic.
Every statistic except for two crucial ones: takeaways and touchdowns.
Justin Lee and Esten Weber each ran for two touchdowns and Evan Robertson tied a Minnesota Prep Bowl record with three interceptions as the third-ranked Blackjacks defeated No. 2 Mahnomen 35-20 on Friday to win the state 1A championship.
In their first-ever trip to the Prep Bowl, the Blackjacks were outgained on offensive yardage but more than made up for it by pouncing on several costly mistakes made by the Indians.
Senior Connor McCormick was hurt during the early part of the season for the Caledonia Warriors.
Combined with his time on the defensive side of the ball, McCormick took some time to get into a rhythm for Caledonia's three-headed rushing attack.
There was never any doubt he would be ready when it mattered most though. He'd done it before.
McCormick ran for 189 yards and three touchdowns and the Warriors beat the Moose Lake/Willow River Rebels 27-0 to win their second straight Class 2A state championship.
Moose Lake/Willow River (13-1) was vying for its first state title and entered the state tournament averaging 53.0 points per game.
Isaac Heard picked a good day to set some state passing records.
With Edgerton-Ellsworth's running game shut down, Heard threw five touchdowns and set a Prep Bowl record with 368 yards passing to lead the undefeated Flying Dutchman to a 36-28 win over Wheaton/Herman-Norcross in the Minnesota nine-man title game Friday.
Heard's 368 yards passing eclipsed the old mark of 344 set by Cory Hackett in 1999.
Andrew Larson ran for 124 yards and a touchdown and Jake Ibach hit a pair of field goals to help Eden Prairie beat Wayzata 13-3 in the Class 5A state championship game Friday night.
Ibach hit a 36-yard field goal in the first half, then added a 35-yarder near the end of the third quarter for the Eagles (12-1).
Larson had 76 rushing yards in the second half and scored on a 10-yard touchdown run with 2:45 remaining to help Eden Prairie win its seventh state title, but its first since 2007.
Wayzata (12-1) was trying to win its third championship in four years. Eden Prairie avenged an earlier loss to the Trojans. The two teams met during the regular season. The Trojans won 9-0 at home.