Star Tribune staff writers David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen differ on their predicted outcomes just once on the second day of football state tournament semifinals.
9-MAN: MOUNTAIN LAKE (12-0) vs. WIN-E-MAC (12-0), 9 A.M.
David says: Mountain Lake, the No. 1 team in the final Associated Press poll, is led by quarterback Abraham Stoesz. He led the Wolverines' explosive attack with five touchdowns (four running, one passing) in the quarterfinals. Mountain Lake 42, Win-E-Mac 28
Jim says: Mountain Lake, which hasn't had a game this season decided by fewer than 20 points, is more than ready to take the next step. Mountain Lake 48, Win-E-Mac 16
CLASs 2A: Barnesville (12-0) vs. CALEDONIA (12-0), 11:30 A.M.
David says: Caledonia has the nation's longest winning streak (66 games) and blanked Barnesville 21-0 in last year's Prep Bowl. The Warriors remain too fast and physical. Caledonia 35, Barnesville 14
Jim says: Without a strong reason to do so, picking against the Warriors is folly. Caledonia 28, Barnesville 12
CLASS 5A: Coon Rapids (8-3) Vs. CHASKA (10-1), 2 P.M.
David says: Chaska's defense allows a paltry 7.5 points per game. Resurgent Coon Rapids belongs here. But the Hawks will deny forward progress of all sorts. Chaska 24, Coon Rapids 10
Jim says: Coon Rapids has played some serious postseason defense. But Chaska's defense is at another level. The Hawks have given up just one touchdown in the first three quarters of their past seven games. Chaska 20, Coon Rapids 7
CLASs 4A: ROCORI (9-2) vs. WINONA (11-0), 4:30 P.M.
David says: A repeat of the four turnovers Winona committed in the quarterfinals simply won't do. The Winhawks offense owes the defense one. Winona 38, Rocori 20
Jim says: Coach John Cassellius has made Winona a perennial power, 43-4 over its past four seasons. But Rocori's stiff schedule will have the Spartans well-prepared. Rocori 23, Winona 21
CLASs 6A: LAKEVILLE SOUTH (10-1) vs. WAYZATA (11-0), 7 P.M.
David says: Does it get much better than No. 1 Wayzata and No. 2 Lakeville South? Wayzata's defense doesn't just stop offenses but pushes them back. The disciplined, talented South offense chip, chip, chips away before exploding for big yards. Wayzata 41, Lakeville South 38
Jim says: How do you handicap this one? I can't find one decided advantage for one team over the other. Going simply by feel, this seems like Wayzata's year. Wayzata 31, Lakeville South 21