Hutchinson • Football
It took one bad play to spur Grimsley to heights rarely seen in a Prep Bowl setting.
The mercurial junior fumbled the ball away while fighting off a tackler on the opening kickoff of the Class 4A championship game.
“I was mad at myself,” Grimsley admitted.
He made up for it the next three times he touched the ball. He scored touchdowns each time, on runs of 76, 57 and 92 yards, leading the Tigers to a 49-7 victory over Holy Angels and their second consecutive state title. His last scoring jaunt set a record for the longest run in Prep Bowl history. He finished with 261 yards rushing and three touchdowns on six carries.
“I think [the fumble] might have motivated Robbie a little bit,” said coach Andy Rostberg. “He’s a good back. He doesn’t need much of a crack, and if he gets into the secondary, it’s usually over.”
Grimsley said the plan at halftime was to see if he could approach the Prep Bowl record of 374 yards, but he turned an ankle and missed much of the third quarter. It didn’t bother him, however.
“Getting a state championship and a record 92-yard run is good enough,” he said.
Blaine • Hockey
The Bengals opened with a difficult road swing through northwestern Minnesota. Thanks to the senior forward’s play, Blaine beat Roseau (8-4) and Moorhead (6-4). Cline had hat tricks in both games, and he leads the team in scoring with seven total points.
Irondale • Hockey
The high-scoring senior forward has nine goals and five assists in her last three games — five goals and two assists in a victory over Farmington; four goals and an assist in a victory over Simley; and two assists in a 3-0 shutout of Champlin Park.
Eden Prairie • Football
The senior linebacker had his best performance of the season in Eden Prairie’s 28-7 victory over Rosemount in the Class 6A championship game. He made a team-high 12 tackles, including three behind the line of scrimmage that resulted in 7 yards lost.