Posted On: 11/12/19 4:45 AM

As the season winds down, the stakes heat up. Friday night, the defending 6A champion Lakeville North Panthers were pushed to the brink by the upstart Shakopee Sabers. The Sabers looked like they were going to pull off the upset until Panthers' quarterback/defensive back Raja Nelson made a pair of plays to put the game away. Aside from Nelson, who else stood out during North's 9-7 state quarterfinal victory?

Raja Nelson – Lakeville North quarterback/cornerback

Not surprisingly, Nelson was the straw that stirred the Panther's offense. Although he missed on some throws that would have kept the offense on the field, he ran the read-option effectively and used his athletic ability to keep the offense moving. Late in the game, Nelson made two plays that ultimately decided the game. Trailing 7-3 with five minutes to play in the game, the Panthers were facing a fourth and seven from the eleven-yard line. Nelson took the shotgun snap and not only picked up the first down, but he also got the ball over the goal line for a 9-7 lead. However, the Sabers were not done. They moved the ball across

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