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.