Three northern teams still alive in state football playoffs
Brainerd, Goodridge-Grygla and Cromwell were the only northern survivors in the opening round of the state high school football playoffs.
Almost all of the 48 first-round games were played before Saturday's blizzard which struck southern Minnesota and postponed two of the six Saturday games. Both were replayed last night.
Brainerd pulled off a major shocker when the Warriors' defense carried the day in a 13-10 upset of Eden Prairie.
Brainerd will face Rosemount 8:15 p.m. Friday in the Metrodome.
Rosemount beat Lakeville South 24-14.
Brainerd overcame 7-0 and 10-7 deficits, launching an 11-play, 97-yard drive in the final period which ended with a flea-flicker pass from halfback Jordan Hayes to quarterback Mitch McLain for the final 27 yards.
The Warriors stopped Eden Prairie on downs near midfield and ran out the clock.
Mounds View and Wayzata clash in Saturday's finale. Mounds View ousted defending champion Cretin 21-7 while Wayzata beat Blaine 34-0.
In Nine Man play, Goodridge took its neighborhood battle over Ada 26-20 at the Alerus Center and goes against Lanesboro in Friday morning's opener. Lanesboro eliminated Edgerton 29-28 in overtime.
Saturday's opener pits Cromwell against Underwood. Cromwell blitzed MIB 36-6 at Duluth while Underwood won over Nicollet 28-0.
Bemidji and Sauk Rapids both fell in the 4A quarterfinals, Bemidji to a final Rogers touchdown with 75 seconds remaining 24-21 and Sauk Rapids to defending champ Totino Grace 48-14. The Eagles controlled play from the start.
Mahtomedi and St. Thomas Academy clash in the other semi. Mahtomedi beat Mankato West 23-14 and St. Thomas ended Northfield's season 35-21.
In 3A, Holy Family beat Milaca 57-14, Rochester Lourdes downed Glencoe-Silver Lake 37-14 and Albany ended East Grand Forks' late-season surge 43-6. Albany used its ground attack to lead 30-0 after three quarters.
DeLaSalle beat LeSueur 44-0 Monday night.
In 2A, opening winners were Caledonia 7-6 over Luverne, Eden Valley 21-6 over Moose Lake and OTC 21-6 over Pelican Rapids. Maple Lake faced Triton last night.
The single A winners were Barnesville over Mahnomen 24-6, Goodhue over Adrian 30-21, New Ulm Cathedral over ACGC 47-18 and Minneota over Barnum 45-6.
The losses by Cretin and Minneota left Totino as the only defending champion in the field.
Six games will be played both Friday and Saturday. The finals are Nov. 26-27.