Grand Meadow, Minneota, Becker to defend titles

(MSHSL.org) -- Grand Meadow, Minneota, and Becker are the only defending champions that have survived the first two rounds of tournament play. Eight teams that made it to their respective championship games still boast unblemished records.

The top-ranked Superlarks of Grand Meadow are making their fourth consecutive and eighth overall appearance and seek their third consecutive and overall title in Class 9-Man.

The Class A defending champion Minneota Vikings are making their second consecutive and 12th overall appearance. They were the top-ranked team in this year’s final Associated Press (AP) poll and also won titles in 1986, 1987, 1988, and 2009.

The defending champions in Class AAAA, the Becker Bulldogs, return for their second consecutive and 15th overall appearance. They were No. 1 in the final AP poll and are looking for their third championship. In addition to last year, Becker also won in 2005.

The 2015 Prep Bowl will be conducted over two days, Friday, Nov. 13, and Saturday, Nov. 14, at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus. It will be the second time that the Prep Bowl will be conducted outdoors. Prep Bowl was created in 1982 and the games were played in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome from the time it opened through the fall of 2013.

KSTC-TV, Channel 45 will broadcast all seven games live, as well as feed numerous cable systems around the state. The games will also be streamed live for Web viewing at www.Prep45.com. The webcasts will cost $6.97 for one day of live events, and for on-delay viewing at $6.97 per game. There is also a “Tournament Pass” package available, which includes both days, for $10.97.

Statistics provided by qualified teams are available on the League’s website — www.MSHSL.org — as a Media Guide link under Tournaments, then Fall, then Football.

Friday, Nov. 13
Class 9-Man: Underwood (13-0) vs. Grand Meadow (13-0) @ 10 a.m.

Class AA: Pipestone Area (13-0) vs. Caledonia (13-0) @ 1 p.m.
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Class AAAA: South St. Paul (11-1) vs. Becker (12-0) at 4 p.m.

Class AAAAAA: Osseo (9-3) vs. East Ridge, Woodbury (11-1) @ 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 14
Class A: Minneapolis North Community (12-0) vs. Minneota (13-0) @ 10 a.m.

Class AAA: Jackson County Central (10-2) vs. Pierz (12-0) @ 1 p.m.

Class AAAAA: St. Thomas Academy, Mendota Heights (11-1) vs. St. Michael-Albertville (11-1) @ 4 p.m.