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Rocori Holds Off Hill-Murray in Class 4A
Posted by Guest (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 11/19/2011 6:03:26 PM

Rocori and Bemidji will meet next Saturday in the Class 4A Prep Bowl at the Metrodome, and Rocori earned the berth the hard way against Hill-Murray. The Spartans hung on for a wild 37-35 victory that included sixfumbles, three interceptions and a back-and-forth theme that lasted for all 48 minutes.

A quick start gave Rocori (11-1) a 13-0 first-quarter lead and the Spartans led 20-7 in the second quarter. Hill-Murray (9-3) pushed back, however, staying within striking distance until Rocoriís Nate Meyer intercepted a pass to end the Pioneersí final threat with 1:45 left in the game.

Rocoriís Mac Mueller caught two touchdown passes from Meyer and also ran for a score. Meyer completed 18 of 25 passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns while rushing 17 times for 101 yards.

Hill-Murrayís Zach LaValle completed 13 of 26 passes for 232 yards and one TD with three interceptions. Dusty Krueger (114) and Sam Becker (111) combined to rush for 225 yards for the Pioneers.

Rocori, at state for the fifth time, was the state runner-up in 1977 and 1991. Bemidji, also playing in the state tournament for the fifth time, will play in the Prep Bowl for the first time.


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