The inherent cruelty of any semifinal game is that the remaining teams are convinced they're title-worthy, and half of them are sent packing. Eleven-time state champion Eden Prairie rarely is among them, and Collin Penn's exuberance after a first-down run (above) helped the Eagles dispatch Blaine in Class 6A. SMB, Caledonia and Spring Grove also advanced. Coverage on C6
prep football state tournament
semifinals at u.s. bank stadium
Eden Prairie 34
Paynesville Area 6
Spring Grove 48
Lakeville North vs. Lakeville South, 7 p.m.
Elk River vs. Owatonna, 2 p.m.
St. Paul Johnson vs. Willmar, 4:30 p.m.
Barnesville vs. Mpls. North, 11:30 a.m.
Mountain Iron-Buhl vs. Mountain Lake Area, 9 a.m.