FAIRMONT – Fairmont vs St Croix Lutheran Academy 2.0. Kick-off time: Saturday midday. Location: Burnsville High School football discipline. Postseason Level: Class AAA Quarterfinals.
Legendary mentor Carl Lemke and his Crusaders beat fifth-year head coach Mat Mahoney and his pass-oriented Cardinals (34-32) for the AAA state soccer championship on November 26, 2011 in the Metrodome.
It was Mahoney’s first-ever look in the opening spherical of the Prep Bowl whereas the championship battle sparked a string of seven straight state bids via Lemke’s gridiron program.
Fast ahead to the current. Lemke retired in December 2018 after finishing his forty sixth season because the No. 7 highest-grossing highschool football coach of all time in the state of Minnesota with 304.
Adam Frey, Lemke’s successor, obtained the primary state supply of his four-year tenure on the helm of the Crusaders and ninth general from St. Croix Lutheran Academy.
Frey’s workforce carries a considerably misleading 5-5 mixture document into Saturday’s state quarterfinals after a 44-25 win over Minneapolis Henry and a slim 14-6 win over 2021 champion Breck for the part’s crown 4 had received.
“Stop looking at the 5-5 record. Anyone who makes it to this stage of the season deserves the spot and is batting at full speed.” stated Mahoney, whose workforce is carrying a 9-2 document into the mid-November showdown. “St. Croix is working oriented like 11 years in the past. They like to provide you with each a professional set and a slot look, however they often come out as a fullback.”
Senior fullback Evan Valleau produced each of the Crusaders’ touchdowns throughout their part finals win over Breck. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound senior crossed the objective line from 1 yard away at 5:09 in the second quarter. Valleau then discovered the endzone on a 6-yard carry with a 9:56 rule.
Valleau completed the sport with 58 yards on 14 kills, Matt Beekman – who kicked each PATs – gained 46 yards on 11 carries whereas quarterback Jack Thome led the bottom assault with 127 yards on 24 rushes.
“They’re not a real options team because they want to manage full-backs first, but it’s definitely a brand of Smashmouth football.” stated Mahoney. “One of their strengths is the fact that their attacking line comes off the ball well and that’s an element that hasn’t changed since 2011.”
Since the Cardinals and Crusaders first met, Mahoney has led his groups to the states in 2013, 2017, 2018, 2021 and this season, and picked up runners-up honors once more in 2018.
In truth, Fairmont was eradicated by eventual AAA state champion Dassel-Cokato in the quarterfinals final yr.
Fairmont, making its twelfth look general, is certainly one of 4 state qualifiers returning to the ultimate spherical of 16 in Class AAA this yr.
“Trust me – we’re just focusing on St. Croix Lutheran this week. However, the winner of our game will advance to face either of the two undefeated teams in the State Division.” stated Mahoney.
As a matter of truth. Esko and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, each of whom have obtained repeated authorities tenders, will tackle the Brainerd High School football floor at 1pm on Saturday. Esko, who has an 11-0 document, can be making his 14th state look, whereas Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (10-0) has certified for the eighth time in his program’s historical past.
The Fairmont St. The Croix Lutheran Academy winner and Esko-Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton winner would go head-to-head in the state semifinals on Saturday, November 19 at 2 p.m. at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
In the opposite half of the AAA State Football Bracket class, Watertown-Mayer edged Cannon Falls 34-30 in Thursday night time’s quarterfinals. Watertown-Mayer (11-1) meets New London-Spicer (9-2) in a state semifinals on Saturday, November 19 at 4:30 p.m. at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
Cannon Falls, making their fourth general look towards 2021 qualifier New London-Spicer, completed their season with a 10-2 document.
New London-Spicer, who completed seventh in the state, have been defeated by Milaca in the quarterfinals on Thursday night time, 18-14.
Milaca, making their second look in a state, ended their season with a 9-2 document.
The AAA State Football Championship sport begins Saturday, December 3 at 1 p.m. at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.