Kurtis Mattox, Totino-Grace
The senior linebacker had nine solo tackles and an interception (returned 35 yards) in the Eagles' 23-0 shutout of Bemidji in the Class 5A semifinal.
BY THE NUMBERS
14 State semifinal games played over three days at the Metrodome. Seven more games will be played on Friday and Saturday to complete the 31st annual Prep Bowl.
19 Totinto-Grace victories in the Metrodome under coach Jeff Ferguson entering Saturday's Class 5A semifinal. Since making his first appearance with the Eagles in 2003, his teams are 19-2 in downtown Minneapolis.
6 Annandale turnovers in its 20-16 loss to Rochester Lourdes in the Class 3A semifinal. Two of the five fumbles were in the fourth quarter.
8 Shutouts Mahnomen had recorded this season prior to Saturday's Class 1A state semifinal.
1 Bethlehem Academy's first state tournament appearance has led to its first championship game appearance.
"What's really exciting about all this is our kids really exemplify hard work and believing in each other. That still exists. So it's big for our football program and big for all the players that have ever worn a Cardinal football jersey."
-- Bethlehem Academy coach Scott Hanson on the Cardinals' first appearance in a football state championship game. They will play Mahnomen on Saturday in the Class 1A final.