Posted On: 11/15/18 3:25 AM

X Factors

9-Man: Kannon Korpela, RB/LB, Cromwell
2018 Stats: 1,180 rush yards, 15 TD; 95 tackles, 5 INT, 3 FR (entering state quarterfinals)

Korpela has been the Cardinals best defender the past two seasons, even after being sidelined earlier this year because he had his tonsils removed. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder will need to be at his best on Thursday against Alex Folz and Spring Grove’s high-flying offense. Korpela has also taken on a larger role on offense this season, leading the team in yards and second in touchdowns behind Cameron Cahoon.

Class A: Gabe Hagen, WR/DE, Blooming Prairie
1,070 rec yards, 17 TD; 54 tackles, INT

Hagen and his Blooming Prairie teammates deserve a ton of credit for advancing to the state semifinals after starting quarterback Seth Peterson suffered a season-ending injury in the team’s regular season finale.

Hagen’s playmaking ability is a big reason backup quarterback Kaden Thomas hasn’t missed a beat. The senior has 1,070 receiving yards – third-best in Class A according to stats listed on – along with 17 touchdowns. Defensively, he’s been an integral part of the Awesome Blossoms front seven with 54 tackles and an interception.

AA: Preston Snobl, RB/TE/LB, Barnesville

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