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Posted by Guest (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 11/26/2011 6:51:44 PM

By Luke Sleeper

Rocori quarterback Nate Meyer stressed the theme of togetherness after his team’s 17-10 Prep Bowl victory over Bemidji on Saturday. It was fitting, considering all facets of the game -- offense, defense and special teams -- were crucial to the Spartans’ win.

It was Bemidji that struck first, though. Quarterback Mitchell Hendricks hit Carey Woods for a 25-yard touchdown pass early in the game. Meyer responded in the second quarter with a touchdown pass of his own, a 27-yard strike to Christian Pedroza.

The Spartan defense did its part in the waning seconds of the first half, when a Hendricks pass was picked off by Sean Terres. The defensive back returned the interception for a 53-yard go-ahead score, a lead that Rocori would hold on to for the remainder of the game. The Spartan defense forced four turnovers Saturday, two of which led to touchdowns.

Bemidji’s offense outgained the Spartans 301yards to 111, but the Rocori defense did a stellar job in keeping the Lumberjacks off the board. The Spartan special teams got in on the action in the second half, blocking a Bemidji punt and putting their offense in prime scoring position. Rocori then kicked a field goal to make the score 17-7.

“This team is not a one-man show,” Meyer said. “We needed every guy on the team today to get the win.”

Saturday’s Prep Bowl victory marked the first state title in the history of the Rocori football program.

--Luke Sleeper is a journalism student at the University of Minnesota


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