PIERZ (12-0) vs. ST. CROIX LUTHERAN (12-0), SATURDAY, 1 P.M.
A matchup of the two no-doubt best 3A teams. Pierz ended the regular season No. 2 in the Associated Press rankings, one spot behind St. Croix Lutheran. Both teams succeed on the ground. Their semifinal victories saw St. Croix Lutheran gain 232 yards rushing, 421 for Pierz. Each team distributes carries among its talented and deep backfields, but Reese Kapsner (Pierz) and Mike Stern (St. Croix Lutheran) have emerged as the playoff horses. Stern torched Rochester Lourdes in the quarterfinals for 243 yards and six TDs while Kapsner boasts two consecutive state tournament outings of at least 150 yards.
Jim: St. Croix Lutheran 38, Pierz 35
David: Pierz 41, St. Croix Lutheran 38