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Coon Rapids advances to 5A semifinals with 14-2 victory

By MATTHEW DAVIS, Special to the Star Tribune, 11/09/19, 1:45PM CST


The Cardinals, who last played in the state tournament in 1983, got touchdowns in each half to defeat Spring Lake Park.

Coon Rapids running back David Geebli (23) jumped into the end zone in the second quarter for the game’s only score of the half. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

Missing from the state tournament since 1983, Coon Rapids extended its stay in the Class 5A title chase with a 14-2 victory over Spring Lake Park in a quarterfinal game on Saturday in Osseo.

“We came into the year wanting to prove something,’’ Cardinals senior quarterback Jake Van Hulzen said. “We knew we had a great team.” 

Spring Lake Park (8-3) kept Coon Rapids in check at first with two forced fumbles in the first quarter but couldn’t capitalize on both in Cardinals territory. 

First report

Coon Rapids overcame two first quarter fumbles to beat Spring Lake Park 14-0 in Osseo.

Cardinals sophomore running back David Geebli and senior quarterback Jake Van Hulzen rushed for touchdowns in the team’s first state tournament game since 1983.

Geebli's 4-yard touchdown in the second quarter capped a 94-yard drive directed by Van Hulzen, who scored on a 7-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Section 5 champion Spring Lake Park (8-3) threatened to score late in the second quarter after a 27-yard pass by sophomore quarterback Aaron Clausen. The Cardinals' defense deflected two passes in the end zone to end the half.

Section 7 champion Coon Rapids (8-3) sealed the game in the second half with four forced fumbles.

The Panthers scored their only points with a safety on intentional grounding by Van Hulzen. 

Check back later for more on the game.

Coon Rapids defender Imoni Santiago-Taylor (30) forced a fumble by Spring Lake Park’s Aaron Payne (24) that set up the Cardinals’ second-half touchdown and helped secure a 14-2 victory. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

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