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Alex Folz rushed and passed for nearly 3,600 yards and 54 touchdowns this season to lead Spring Grove to the 9-man state championship game.

On Friday at U.S. Bank Stadium, Folz had 320 yards and four touchdowns in total offense, but Spring Grove showed it had several other players capable of big contributions.

Cullen Patterson rushed for 124 yards and a touchdown, and Ethan Matzke and Luke Schneider each made great receptions in the end zone as the Lions defeated Nevis 32-0 for their first Nine-Man state championship.

Folz, who threw three touchdown passes and ran for a touchdown in the first half as the Lions built a 26-0 halftime lead, said, “I don’t need to do all the work. We have some great receivers. I think today also showed the great condition our linemen were in. We were able to wear them down and grind it out.”

Matzke’s 28-yard touchdown reception and reception of a two-point conversion pass in the final minute of the first quarter gave the Lions a 14-0 lead. Midway through the second quarter, Schneider’s 25-yard touchdown reception made it 20-0. Folz’s 9-yard pass to Noah Elton with 1:29 left in the first half made it 26-0.

“I can’t say enough about this group and the coaches,” Spring Grove coach Zach Hauser said. “We were able to take a couple of shots deep in the first half and got great plays.”

Nevis coach Shawn Klimek said, “The biggest thing is that their defensive ends created havoc and we couldn’t get into our passing drops. Their defensive ends controlled the game.”

Lions senior Sam Sanness, who had three receptions for 60 yards on offense, had 10 tackles and recovered a fumble.

Jack DeWulf rushed for 110 yards to lead Nevis (11-2).

Spring Grove players celebrated with their championship trophy after the game. Click on photo to see more. Photo: Shari Gross

First report

Earlier this month, Spring Grove ended its five-game losing streak in the Section 1 championship game. On Friday at U.S. Bank stadium, the Lions continued Section 1’s streak of consecutive state champions.

Spring Grove defeated Nevis 32-0 in the Nine-Man championship game to earn its first state championship. Grand Meadow, which had defeated Spring Grove in the section final for five consecutive years, had won the previous four nine-man state championships.

The Lions (14-0) built a 26-0 halftime as Alex Folz threw three touchdown passes and ran for a touchdown.

Folz completed 16 of 22 passes for 196 yards and rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown.

Cullen Patterson rushed for 124 yards and a touchdown for the Lions, who rushed for 239 yards.

Jack DeWulf rushed for 110 yards for the Tigers (11-2).

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