MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — West Central Area-Ashby will play for his or her first state championship ever Friday after they meet up with Chatfield at U.S. Bank Stadium. It’s been a season stuffed with tight video games for the Knights, none nearer than their semifinal contest.
“If you could have scripted 100 different versions of how me could have imagined the game going, you could have never expected to win with a safety in the third quarter, the only points of the half kinda deal,” mentioned Knights head coach Nate Wood.
The Knights knocked off Maple River by a really distinctive last rating – 8-7. It was their sixth sport this season with a margin of lower than 10 factors.
“We’ve been down in a lot of games this year and they didn’t get rattled,” Wood mentioned. “They don’t panic. They keep grinding and doing what they need to do, and so far have been able to rise to the challenge and it pays off.”
The protection led by Hunter Norby is an enormous cause for these comebacks. The unit has solely allowed greater than 14 factors twice this yr. The class 2-A title sport will see the Sixth-seeded knights and No. 1 Chatfield sq. off. West Central Ashby is prepared for one more nail-biter.
“Football is a long game. There’s a lot of things that happen over the course of a game,” Wood mentioned. “And even if things aren’t looking great at the moment, if you keep fighting, you’re going to have a chance. That’s a good lesson to take away from it, to keep fighting, to not quit.”
The Class AA championship sport is Friday at 1 p.m. at U.S. Bank Stadium.