Dream Season Ends for St Paul Johnson in State Semi Loss to Willmar

November 16, 2018 11:14 PM

Willmar qualified for a football championship game for the first time in 45 years following a resounding 62-20 victory over St. Paul Johnson in the Class AAAA semifinals on Friday, Nov. 16 at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Senior quarterback Drey Dirksen completed 10 of 16 passes for 215 yards and four touchdowns to power the Cardinals (11-1) into a football championship for the first time since 1973 when Willmar was the Class A runner-up. Dirksen also led the Cardinals on the ground with 90 rushing yards on 10 carries. His seven touchdowns in a single game would have been a Prep Bowl record had it been set a week later.

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Senior Daimarion Nelson rushed for 171 yards and scored two touchdowns for the Governors (7-5). St. Paul Johnson was making an appearance in the state tournament for the first time since 1981.

Courtesy: Minnesota State High School League

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