St. Thomas Academy running back Love Adebayo (24) ran for a big gain against Owatonna in the second half. Photo: DAVID JOLES • firstname.lastname@example.org
A big block, a long drive and a little Love were essential for St. Thomas Academy to dethrone a high school football power.
The Cadets defeated two-time defending Class 5A champion Owatonna 21-0 on Saturday in a state tournament quarterfinal at Woodbury High School. No. 6 St. Thomas Academy snapped the top-ranked Huskies’ 29-game winning streak.
“That’s a football dynasty but somebody has got to get them at some point, so why not us?” Cadets’ coach Dan O’Brien said. “That was our mantra all week.”
St. Thomas Academy (10-1) defeated Owatonna (10-1) in a rematch of last season’s Prep Bowl final, won 14-3 by the Huskies.
“Last year at the Prep Bowl it was 3-0 at the half so we were ready to grind it out and get down and dirty,” Cadets junior defensive tackle Garrison Solliday said.
Two stout defenses held sway into the second quarter. To that point, Owatonna missed field goal attempts of 37 and 47 yards while St. Thomas Academy gained only one first down. The Huskies were attempting to punt when Cadets’ junior Oscar Berg barged through the line for a block.
St. Thomas Academy ended the reign of top-ranked Owatonna as the dominant Class 5A program with a 21-0 victory Saturday in state tournament quarterfinal at Woodbury High School.
No. 6 St. Thomas Academy (10-1) recorded its sixth shutout this season and snapped the two-time defending state champion Huskies’ 29-game winning streak.
A 17-play touchdown drive in the third quarter gave St. Thomas Academy the momentum. Running back Love Adebayo scored from 19 yards out for a 14-0 lead. He added another score in the fourth quarter.
The Cadets defeated Owatonna (10-1) in a rematch of last season’s Prep Bowl final, won 14-3 by the Huskies.
A 7-0 St. Thomas Academy halftime lead started with a blocked punt recovered at the Owatonna 7-yard line. Three plays later, running back Danny McFadden scored.
The Cadets managed only 26 yards and two first downs in the first half, one on a penalty.
Owatonna’s Sam Henson missed two field goals in the first half. The first try, from 37 yards, hit the right upright. The second try, from 47 yards, fell well short.
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