St Croix Lutheran Rolls, Earning 4th Prep Bowl Bid in Seven Years

November 18, 2017 08:22 PM

St. Croix Lutheran, a Class AAA power in each of the past seven seasons, has a chance to add to its legacy following a 45-7 victory over Pequot Lakes in the semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 18 at U.S. Bank Stadium. 

The victory sends the Crusaders (12-0) to the Class AAA championship game for the second consecutive season and fourth time since 2011. In that span, the West St. Paul-based private school has won two championships (2001 and 2013) and was runner-up in 2016. 

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Senior running back Mike Stern led a St. Croix Lutheran running attack that produced 303 rushing yards. He had 135 yards on 18 carries and scored three touchdowns. Eight other teammates carried the ball as well. 

Junior quarterback Jonathan Liesener led the passing game with six completions on eight attempts for 154 yards and a touchdown. The Crusaders stormed to a 45-0 lead early in the fourth quarter, a spree capped by Stern’s 2-yard run with 9:47 left in regulation time. 

Sophomore quarterback Cale Wolf completed 6 of 14 passes for 139 yards and a 62-yard touchdown strike to senior wide receiver Austin Young for Pequot Lakes (9-3).

Courtesy: Minnesota State High School League

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