Athletes of the Week – Section 1 Football State Champions

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (KTTC) – At the end of Prep Bowl 37, one fact became clearer and clearer — Section 1 produced the best football teams in the state, and it wasn’t even close. Of the seven State Championships up for grabs, Section 1 claimed four of them, and none of the other seven sections claimed more than one. From top to bottom, Southeast Minnesota dominated.

Starting at the foundation, in 9-Man football — The Spring Grove Lions repeated as State Champs, routing Mountain Lake Area 40-18 to win their 28th game in a row. Quarterback Alex Folz wrapped up one of the best careers in state history, in which he scored 191 total touchdowns and amassed more than 13,000 yards. The Lions, like their three Section 1 State Champion counterparts, went undefeated.

In Class 2A, the Caledonia Warriors continued their dominance. Carl Fruechte’s squad won their nation-leading 54th straight game, and their fourth state title, with their 21-0 shutout victory over Barnesville. Impressively, their defense scored more points — 12 — than the 6 it gave up in the state playoffs. The Warriors have a legitimate claim as the best high school football program in the country.

In 3A, the undefeated Lourdes Eagles won their third championship of the last five seasons, as they beat Fairmont 24-7. As always, the Eagles did it “Together” using the strength of their team depth to finish the season 14-0, and picked up their fourth title of the 2010 decade.

And in 5A, the Owatonna Huskies went back-to-back on the shoulders of future Golden Gopher Jason Williamson, who rushed for more than 3,000 yards this season, scored 47 total touchdowns, and received national recognition for his postseason performance, including a shout out from Hall of Fame Head Coach Tony Dungy on Sunday Night Football.

Plain and simple, there was no better football in the state this year than that played in Section 1. Southeast Minnesota produced four state champions this fall, and they are all — collectively — our KTTC NewsCenter Sports Athletes of the Week.

Mark Poulose

Mark Poulose

Mark Poulose is a Sports Reporter/Anchor at KTTC.

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