MINNEAPOLIS - The Brainerd Warriors shut down Chaska on fourth down three
times in the final 12 minutes and held on to beat the Hawks 20-19 in the
semifinals of the Class 5A state tournament Saturday night at the Metrodome.
Conor Gessell scored what proved to be the game-winning TD with 7:10 left in...
Two unbeaten and top-ranked teams. That's the caliber of teams you would expect in the semifinals of the state tournament.
The third-ranked and 11-0 Brainerd Warriors will tackle the second-ranked and 11-0 Chaska Hawks at 7 p.m.
Goals that Brainerd/Little Falls head coach Stephanie Sustercich has set for the Flying Warriors this season include burying the puck in the back of the net more often and climbing out of the cellar in the Central Lakes Conference and Section 8-2A.
Brainerd Warriors offensive line coach Chet Stevenson said offensive tackle Alex DeRosier can return kickoffs "only in his dreams."
Well, sure enough, twice this season the 6-foot-2, 265-pound senior captain realized those dreams.
Bet the farm - the Warriors are going to win.
It's a sure thing because the Brainerd Warriors will play the Henry Sibley Warriors in the quarterfinals of the Class 5A state tournament Friday night at St. John's University.
Brainerd Warriors head coach Ron Stolski may have said it best when discussing Cole Smith's contributions to this year's unbeaten football team.
"He's just one of those guys you have to have in order to have a 10-0 season," Stolski said.
After what happened last year, Central Lakes College coach Jane Peterson is confident her Raiders will not be overconfident this weekend.
CLC entered the 2012 Region 13B tournament, which it hosted, as a heavy favorite.
Jude Severson struggled through much of the season with breathing and cramping issues but everything came together health-wise for the Crosby-Ironton senior in his final high school run Saturday.
In the Class 1A boys state meet at St.