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St. Paul Johnson extends its state tournament run with big rally

By HANK LONG, Special to the Star Tribune, 11/08/18, 9:30PM CST


Absent from the tournament since 1981, the Governors battled back from a 22-0 deficit to defeat St. Anthony.

St. Paul Johnson quarterback Joey Moberg sets up for a quick pass against St. Anthony Village Thursday night. Moberg had two touchdown passes in the Governors' 24-22 victory over the Huskies. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

St. Paul Johnson rallied with three unanswered touchdowns and three two-point conversions — highlighted by two long, brother-to-brother touchdown passes — to defeat St. Anthony 24-22 in the Class 4A quarterfinals Thursday at Park Center High School.

With the victory the Governors (7-4), absent from the state tournament since before the Metrodome was built, advance to the semifinals next week in U.S. Bank Stadium.

Governors running back Daimarion Nelson cuts to the outside on a 2-yard TD run, helping his team defeat the Huskies 24-22 and advance to the Class 4A state semifinals. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

St. Anthony Village running back Johnathan Kieren looks for running room against St. Paul Johnson. Kieren scored three times for the Huskies in the first half; once on a special teams fumble recovery and twice rushing. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

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