Key to the game: Totino-Grace's ability to keep Wade Sullivan from his usual yards-and-touchdowns bonanza. He was held to fewer than 40 yards rushing until late in the fourth quarter when Totino-Grace was substituting freely.

By the numbers: After stopping Lakeville North at its own 2-yard line on the game's opening drive, the Totino-Grace defense forced Lakeville North into four consecutive three-and-outs. The Panthers didn't get another first down until late in the second quarter.

The quote: "I want to make an announcement. I live downtown, about a mile from U.S. Bank Stadium, and I'm inviting you all over next week to play there. It's a neat place, it's got a great field. Let's go there, win a couple of games and a state championship." — Totino-Grace coach Jeff Ferguson to his team after the game

Worth knowing: Totino-Grace has scored more than 40 points in four consecutive games and five of its past six.

Jim Paulsen