November 17, 2017 10:07 PM
Cloquet has made it back to a state championship game for the first time since 1976. The Lumberjacks did so with a 40-21 victory over South St. Paul in the Class AAAA semifinals on Friday, Nov. 17 at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Senior quarterback Tim Pokornowski was a dual threat on the ground and through the air with more than 300 all-purpose yards. He rushed for 249 yards on 30 carries and scored a touchdown to spur Cloquet to four unanswered scores over the final three quarters. He also completed 3 of 7 passes for 57 yards. His longest pass was a 45-yard touchdown strike to senior Aahsan Maigag. Maigag also had a rushing touchdown.
Cloquet (12-0) advances to the Class AAAAA championship game on Saturday, Nov. 25 where it will face Holy Angels. In its last championship appearance, Cloquet was the Class AA runner-up in 1976.
This year's Lumberjacks are the first team from Northeast Minnesota to make it to the Prep Bowl in one of the state's top three classes since Deer River in 1991.
Senior running back Angel Rodriguez had 85 yards rushing for the Packers (9-3).
Material from the Minnesota State High School League was used in this report
Created: November 17, 2017 10:07 PM
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