By BRAD SALMEN
For the second time in three years (and the second straight possible time), Dassel-Cokato will be on the state’s biggest stage, trying to capture the Class AAA crown.
In 2019, the Chargers defeated Annandale 24-14 in the semifinals, getting a huge fumble recovery on their own goal line before getting an Eli Gillman game-winning touchdown run.
DC then went on to face Pierz in the state championship game at U.S. Bank Stadium, where they fell just short, 28-27.
There were no state playoffs last year in 2020, due to Covid-19.
This year, the Chargers defeated Esko 21-14 in the state semifinals, getting a big goal-line fumble recovery, and an Eli Gillman game-winning touchdown run, to advance to the title game.
Now, DC will try to write a different ending to the script in the state championship game, this time against Plainview-Elgin-Millville.
The Chargers and Bulldogs will square off Saturday, at 1 p.m. at U.S. Bank Stadium. The game will also be broadcast on 45TV, and 45tv.com.
It promises to be a barn burner.
“Plainview is a very talented team. Looking at what they did to Annandale, and how well they’ve played some very strong teams this year like Cannon Falls … they are in the state championship for a reason,” said DC head coach Ryan Weinandt. “We need to get better this week and play our best football.”