DC faces Esko in battle of unbeatens in Class AAA semifinals

By BRAD SALMEN

SportsWriter

It will be the battle of the unbeatens in the Class AAA State Quarterfinal game Saturday at U.S. Bank Stadium.

On paper, Dassel-Cokato (12-0) and Esko (11-0)  are remarkably similar in terms of points per game, points given up, and yardage.

But, despite the fact that Esko has had a whopping five shutouts on the season, to hear Eskomos head coach Scott Arntson tell it, this game is akin to David vs. Goliath.

When asked what will be the key to the game against the Chargers, Arntson quipped, “I would say, trying to keep them under triple digits.”

Indeed, from a strength-of-schedule standpoint, there is little comparison. DC has faced some of the toughest teams in Class AAA, week in and week out, while Esko has played a schedule that is … a little lighter.

The only team the two have in common is New London-Spicer.

The Wildcats finished 3-5 in the incredibly tough East Central District, but went on to win all three Section playoff games to advance to the state quarterfinals, where they faced the Eskomos.

Esko pulled out the victory in a thriller, coming from behind to score a touchdown with 15 seconds left for a 28-21 victory.

Dassel-Cokato hosted New London-Spicer in the final game of the regular season, and won going away 41-7.

Check out Friday’s Enterprise Dispatch for the rest of the story.

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