Posted On: 10/30/17 5:15 PM

Orono – W, 19-15 over Benilde-St. Margaret’s

The Spartans scored the game-winning touchdown with under a minute to play to upset No. 2 (4A) Benilde-St. Margaret’s at home. It stopped the program’s three-game skid against the defending Class AAAA champion and also ended the Red Knights' 13-game winning streak.  

Trailing 15-12 in the waining moments of the game, Orono took the lead when Nick Prentice connected with Jarvis Thomas on a seven-yard touchdown pass. Prentice finished with 285 yards and two touchdowns through the air, finding Thomas (7 rec, 101 yds, TD) and Zane Taylor (8 rec, 81 yds, TD) with regularity the entire contest.  

Orono’s defense was impressive too, holding BSM 25 points below its season average. Junior cornerback Mitchell Hirschberg led the resistance, recording three interceptions in the victory.

Rochester Century – W, 14-12 over Northfield

Century earned one of the most surprising victories of the section semifinals, defeating the previously-undefeated Raiders in a defensive battle in Northfield.

The Panthers defense was the definition of "bend, but don’t break", surrendering 355 yards, while forcing six turnovers to keep the Raiders offense out

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