Posted On: 11/13/19 3:56 AM

The 5A state quarterfinal game hosts at Osseo High School between section 5 winner Spring Lake Park and section 7 winner Coon Rapids was without a doubt a defensive slugfest all four quarters and ended 14-2 in favor of the Coon Rapids Cardinals. Before the Cardinals play in their semifinal matchup with Chaska next Friday, let's give recognition to some of the Northstar Football News Defensive Players of the Game from this past Saturday's game. Shoutout to SLP and their seniors on a hard-fought and accomplished season and good luck to CR next Friday. 

1) Blaine Cooper (6'1, 175 lbs.) wore #1 for the Panthers and was forsure their #1 defensive player. The captain of the SLP defense was all over the field from his MLB position, and the undersized backer made his presence known every time he got his hands on a ball carrier. It was the same thing I had previously seen from the senior in my previously covered game vs. Irondale from a couple weeks back. Despite being a tad light, Cooper is fast and

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