They often play against opponents with twice as many players. Sometimes, coach Nolan Desjarlait wonders how he keeps doing it. The answer always comes: "I refuse to give up on them."
The Elks took over at their own 14 with 8:32 left in the game and possessed the ball for the rest of the way.
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton led before a 48-yard catch-and-lateral touchdown as time ran out.
The Crimson fed on feeling underappreciated before they defeated Rosemount in the Class 6A final.
Winners in the first state tournament 50 years ago, the Rangers rallied past Spring Grove to win again.
Until Friday, no one put 21 points on Rosemount's defense all season. Maple Grove did it in less than two minutes of game action, and won 27-10.
Spartans man up and turn tables on 4A Champion Hutchinson in the Prep Bowl, avenging a shellacking by the Tigers in the 2021 state tourney.
Spartans rallied from 10-point deficit in the first half.
The Trojans, who had finished second three times, completed the task this time.
The Vikings won their eighth state title and celebrated like their fathers and brothers before them.
David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen give their takes on the final three Prep Bowl games. They both see a lot of points being scored. But do agree on anything else?
50 years in the making: Minneapolis Washburn coach George Wemeier had been carried off the field by celebrating players before, but this ride was extra-special.
Here's what happened in Minnesota prep sports on Thursday:
Four quarterbacks. Oodles of combined rushing yards. Zero losses. Running quarterbacks are nothing new. But they provide a common thread for teams still chasing a state title this season.
David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen have been right way more often than they've been wrong this season. That makes their conflicts over the opening day of the Prep Bowl that much more noteworthy.
Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque tackle all seven games happening Friday and Saturday at U.S. Bank Stadium, ranging from the nine-man game to the 6A battle between suburban powers Maple Grove and Rosemount
50 years in the making: You can't beat what you can't stop, as St. Paul Harding found out in getting trampled 25-0 by the Rockets in the first of their back-to-back Class AA titles.
Here's what happened in Minnesota prep sports on Wednesday:
The Elks, headed to the Prep Bowl, were a mess when Steve Hamilton took over the program. He blended old ideas with new ones, installed the Power-T and turned the program into a Class 5A power.
Breaking down the top story lines for Minnesota prep wrestling as the season gets underway.