Champlin Park football is headed to the state tournament for the fifth time in program history following a 16-7 win over fourth-seeded Prior Lake
The top-seeded host Rebels (8-1 overall) were last at state in 2016 and also made state in 1998, 2002, 2004 and 2016 – finishing runner-up in Class 5A in 1998 and 2002.
And with the upset by third-seeded Rosemount in a 18-17 win over second-seeded and 2018 state runner-up Eden Prairie, a rematch between the third-ranked Rebels and ninth-ranked Fighting Irish. Champlin Park defeated Rosemount 17-14 on Oct. 4.
The Class 6A state quarterfinal is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at Park Center High School.
The other quarterfinals are Lakeville North vs. Shakopee, Wayzata vs. Centennial and Lakeville South vs. Mounds View. Lakeville North is the defending Class 6A state champion, and the winner of its game against Shakopee will take on the winner of Champlin Park and Rosemount in the state semifinals.
Champlin Park 16, Prior Lake 7
It was all about the defense for the Rebels’ in its win over Prior Lake, and senior defensive back Devon Moore had several big plays including a safety with three minutes to go that made it a two-possession game. Moore also forced a fumble in the win.
Fittingly, Moore was the one holding of the section championship plaque during the team celebration at the end of the game.
Prior Lake had just cut Champlin Park’s lead to 14-7 before the safety with a five-yard touchdown run by junior running back Tyler Shaver with 8:31 left.
Senior quarterback Jaice Miller helped the Rebels take a 14-0. He first leapt over the pile for a 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. He then hit senior wide receiver Brock Johnson on a 23-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.