Winona's Class four-a state semifinal matchup against
Rocori had all the drama you could ask for.
playing on the big stage of brand new U.S.
Could the sixth-ranked Winhawks advance to next week's
state championship game?
Just like last week.
a massive amount of the Winona faithful making the
drive up to the cities to support their team.
Opening Winona drive.
Riley BOSS-TET-ER Bosteter.
Perfect ball to Dakota Matthees.
BOSS-TET-ER is picked off.
And that's going the other way.
Rocori later adds a safety.
20-16 Winona at halftime.
54 of his 224 yards rushing.
27-23 the lead is back with the Winhawks.
Final play of the third quarter.
6'8 Derek Thompson makes a play.
He looks a lot like Rocori's old star Eric Dekker.
Under 2 minutes to play.
Warren moves Winona inside the ten.
37 seconds left.
Rocori ball at the Winhawks 12 yard line.
Logan Smith makes the play of his life.
He stays in bounds.
34-30 Winona survives a game with 11 combined turnovers.
The Winhawks are on to the Class 4A state finals next
For more on this terrific game we go live to Minneapolis
where we find News 8's Charlie Clifford.
Gregg -- I don't know if John Cassellius realistically
had anything left to ask his players for late in this
This was a war.
Rocori head coach Mike Rowe told Cassellius after
the game in tunnel.
Hey -- that was a great.
I told you the winner of this won is going to win
the whole thing.
Well, one down, one to go here at U.S.
Winona's waited since 1987 to get back to the semi's.
That game was 3 decades of craziness -- crammed into
I caught the ball and I think I had about 3-4 inches
It was close.
It was closer than I predicted to where I was to the
sideline, but I knew I had a little room.
at some points they were getting tired but they were
still creating the holes for me.
A lot of nerves, a lot of lights.
I was excited.
I have not been in this building before at all and
just coming in and having to play on it is crazy.
It was like the best rollercoaster in the world.Coming
down and round and round.
When we got off, we were still smiling.
It is just kind of surreal.
It is great to see kids pui in hard work like these
see some results.
Jacob Stanislawski and this Winahwks line on both
sides of the ball -- again was great
Allowed one sack.
And you didn't see it in the highlight but Winona
said stop Warren or this game is ours.
Winona gets the score with a minute, 20 left.
And now all that's left is 48 minutes against the
locals -- Benlide St.
Margaret's -- next Friday at pm
Gregg for now it's back to you.
Caledonia not only entered the day riding a 26-game
They have dominated opponents from start to finish
over the past couple of years.
where falling behind in a game is just something that
does not happen.
Which made for an interesting moment today.
Number-one in the state Caledonia and number-two ranked
Class two-A state semifinal game.
Score tied at seven in the second quarter.
Caleb Stetz to Connor John.
Caledonia trails for the first time this season.
It doesn't last long.
Owen King and Andrew Goergen play a little bit of
Goergen finishes with 3 T-D's and 111 yards.
Warriors take back the lead.
Later in the second.
three touchdowns and 95 yards rushing for him.
Down 13-7 early in the second quarter.
Caledonia up 41-13 at the half.
3rd quarter King to Jordan Burg.
Warriors score 48-unanswered.
Caledonia advances to the state finals next Friday
with the 55-20 win.
With more, we go back live to Minneapolis with News
8's Charlie Clifford.
Barnesville hung around for a good quarter and a half.
That is an eternity when you look back at what Caledonia
has accomplished over the past two years.
Quarterback Owen King told me earlier this week --
the Warriors biggest worry was Barnesville's size.
The Man Child Ezekiel Ott and the defense divyed out
some bone crushing hits.
Force five turnovers.
King, Ben McCabe and Andrew Goregon handle the track
meet on offense.
And by halftime -- you forgot Caledonia actually trailed
by 13-7 earlier in the second quarter.
??Can you guys remember the last time you were losing
in a football game??"
I haven't ever been down before in a football game
as a starter at quarterback.
I am just proud of the way we got it back and got
We know we are not always going to be up, so we talk
a lot about it.
We do a lot of mental thinking.
how we are going to handle it.
Couldn't be prouder.
Just remembered everything we had been practicing
for...What we were fighting for and just calm down
and take a deep breath and know what you are going
We plan every week to play a good game, play a close
game so we were ready for it.
?? What do you think about Eden Valley-Watkins in
the prep bowl??"
You know we played them in 2005 so.
we are looking forward to it.
If that smirk from Carl Fruechte doesn't scare you.
you are tougher than I am.
Do you think he forgot about the 2005 state title
loss to Eden Valley-Watkins the team Caledonia sees
again next week??
Not a chance.
What a day to set up what should be an amazing Friday
Caledonia plays for the Class two-A state title at
Followed by Winona playing for the four-A state title
Back to you Gregg.
And Rushford-Peterson will try to punch their ticket
to next week's Class one-a Prep Bowl tomorrow morning
at nine a-m.
Still more sports ahead....including the home opener
for the preseason number-one in Division four.
The Aquinas girls basketball team is crowned with
the number-one preseason ranking in Division four
The defending M-V-C champs return all five starters
from last season.
Home opener for the Blugolds as they take on Assumption.
Great start for Aquinas.
Kiah Steiner finishes the reverse layup with the right.
12-2 run out of the gate.
Off the steal.
Nora Reuteman runs the court for the easy bucket.
29-10 all Blugolds.
Then how about Freshman Lexi Donarski.
Nice moves to set up the floater.
Aquinas leads by 30 at the half.
Aquinas wins 70-to-24.
Season opener for Central as they host Baraboo.
Red Raider's on the attack.
Rachel Peterson rattles it in from the baseline.
They trail by 5.
Maddie Trussoni gets the pass on the wing.
She burries the long ball.
But Baraboo gets the win.
Fun season opening matchup.
Melrose-Mindoro beats G-E-T 64-55.
Katie Christopherson 26 points.
Lexi Wagner 33 points.