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Lakeville North, SMB, Caledonia, Spring Grove win football championships

It's back-to-back titles for Spring Grove, and four straight for Caledonia.

Day 1 of the Prep Bowl is in the books and four state football champions were crowned at U.S. Bank Stadium on Friday. 

In Class 6A, defending champion Eden Prairie fell to Lakeville North 28-21 in a thrilling nightcap to the day's action, and the victory for North was history repeating itself from 2003 when North last won a title, and when Eden Prairie last lost twice to the same team in one season. 

North defeated Eden Prairie 14-0 back in Week 2 of the regular season. 

Eden Prairie got the scoring started with a 49-yard touchdown pass to go up 7-0, but top-ranked Lakeville North answered with two scores, including a 73-yard touchdown pass from Brennan Kuebler to Keaton Mohs to go up 14-7 late in the first quarter. 

Eden Prairie, seeking its 12th state title, came right back with two touchdowns in just over three minutes in the second quarter, including an 80-yard run by Jordan Amundson to take a 21-14 lead. 

North's RaJa Nelson scored his second TD of the game with 54 seconds remaining in the half to tie the score 21-21. 

Defenses took over in the second half with Nelson's 10-yard run with 4:36 left in the third quarter proving to be the game-winner. 

4A: SMB 44-18 over Willmar

In Class 4A, SMB steamrolled Willmar 44-18 to complete its perfect season, and one of the hottest multi-sport recruits in the country, Jalen Suggs, put on a show. 

Suggs is a five-star recruit in basketball and just as respected in football, and the junior quarterback/defensive back completed 9-of-11 passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns, ran for 67 yards and a touchdown and returned an interception 97 yards for a score. 

2A: Caledonia 21-0 over Barnesville

What else is new? Caledonia won its fourth consecutive 2A championship and ninth since 2007. The powerhouse Warriors held Barnesville to 131 total yards of offense in what was their sixth shutout of the season. Caledonia finishes the season 13-0 and outscored three teams in the state tourney by a combined 102-6. 

9-Man: Spring Grove 40-18 over Mountain Lake Area

The Spring Grove Lions used a powerful ground game to win its second straight 9-Man championship. Leading the way was senior quarterback Alex Folz, who racked up 263 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 30 carries. 

Spring Grove has won 28 consecutive games. 

Saturday's Prep Bowl schedule

10 a.m. - BOLD vs. Mahnomen/Waubun (1A)

1 p.m. - Rochester Lourdes vs. Fairmont (3A)

4 p.m. - St. Thomas Academy vs. Owatonna (5A)

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