Several trends have developed over the 2021 high school football season. Blooming Prairie is going to win big. Triton is going to win a thriller that comes down to the final play. BP continued their winning ways with a 37-0 shutout of Medford in the Section 2AA quarterfinals. Triton escaped with a 30-28 victory over St. Charles in Dodge Center in the quarterfinals of the Section 1AA tournament.

The Cobras led 30-14 entering the fourth quarter. The Saints finished off a drive with nine minutes to go to pull within 30-22. St. Charles executed an onside kick and marched to a goal-to-go situation. Triton turned aside the Saints on fourth-and-goal from the one.

On their second play from the shadow of their own goal line, the Cobras fumbled the ball back. St. Charles cashed in but missed the two-point try, leaving the Cobras up 30-28 with one minute to go. The Saints promptly recovered a second onside kick. The Cobras defense forced St. Charles backward on the drive to secure their second two-point over the Saints of the season.

The fourth-seed Cobras go to No. 1 seed Chatfield Saturday. Triton lost a one-point game to the Gophers earlier this season. Goodhue and Lewiston-Altura meet in the other semifinal. L-A upset Caledonia 34-14 on Tuesday.

Blooming Prairie's win over Medford extended their winning streak to 27 games, spanning three seasons. BP will host St. Clair/Loyola Saturday after the Spartans topped NRHEG Tuesday 13-7. Maple River and Blue Earth Area meet in the other semifinal.

Owatonna had a bye Tuesday and will host Northfield Saturday, October 30 at 7 pm after the Raiders jumped out early and cruised by Austin 48-14. Century beat JM 40-28 and will play at top-seed Mayo Saturday.

Scores, section playoff football
Tuesday, October 26
Section 1-5A
Northfield 48, Austin 14
Century 40, JM 28
(Mayo, OHS with first-round byes)

Section 1-4A
Byron 41, Red Wing 0
Winona 49, Albert Lea 21
(Stewartville, Kasson-Mantorville with first-round byes)

Section 1AAA
Lourdes 28, Pine Island 0
Lake City 41, LaCrescent 18
PEM 37, Zumbrota-Mazeppa 0
(Cannon Falls with first-round bye)

Section 1AA
Triton 30, St. Charles 28
Chatfield 60, Cotter 14
Lewiston-Altura 34, Caledonia 14
Goodhue 46, Dover-Eyota 12

Section 1A
Rushford-Peterson 32, Wabasha-Kellogg 6
Randolph 36, Kenyon-Wanamingo 32
Fillmore Central 18, Kingsland 0
Faribault BA 44, Hayfield 18

Section 1-nine-man
Lanesboro 53, Lyle/Pacelli 0
Southland 19, Spring Grove 12
Grand Meadow 42, Houston 18
Leroy-Ostrander 57, Mabel-Canton 6

Section 2-5A
New Prague 34, Mankato East 21
Waconia 22, Chanhassen 12
(Mankato West, Chaska with first-round byes)

Section 2-4A
Faribault 43, Marshall 14
St. Peter 30, Jordan 7
(Hutchinson, Willmar with first round byes)

Section 2AA
Blooming Prairie 37, Medford 0
St. Clair/Loyola 13, NRHEG 7
Maple River 46, LeSueur-Henderson 14
Blue Earth Area 49, WEM 7

Section 3AAA
Waseca 62, Belle Plaine 0
TCU 28, New Ulm 14
Luverne 23, Worthington 7
(Fairmont with first-round bye)


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