Champlin Park football team ready to face defending 6A champs

The state football semifinals start on Thursday, and the Champlin Park Rebels are among the final four teams in 6A, the biggest class.

We caught up with the Rebels, as they practiced in the Maple Grove Dome. Semifinal games are played at U.S. Bank Stadium, so if teams can, they like to practice indoors on turf in preparation.

Click the video box on this page to watch chats with QB Jaice Miller and coach Nick Keenan, plus video of the Rebels in action

Among Champlin Park’s leaders is quarterback Jaice Miller, who transitioned from wide receiver (and backup QB) last year.

Champlin Park enters Thursday’s game 9-1, and this is their fifth time in the state semifinals.

Kickoff Thursday night between the Rebels and Lakeville North Panthers is set for 7 p.m. The winner advances to the 6A Prep Bowl. Lakeville North is the defending 6A champion.