By BRAD SALMEN
After advancing to their first state tournament game in 46 years, the Chargers will face a team that looks very similar in makeup in the Class AAA state quarterinals.
Cannon Falls, the winner of the Section 4AAA playoffs, features a team that:
• is disciplined on both sides of the ball
• features a run-heavy offense, with a quarterback that is capable of making plays both with his legs and his feet
• has a defense that is not huge, but is very, strong, fast, and explosive.
If those three features seem familiar, it’s because they also describe the Chargers.
“They are a very disciplined and strong team,” said DC head coach Ryan Weinandt. “We will need to be very disciplined on defense. They are not huge, but are very strong, fast, and explosive.
“We will need to continue to focus on doing what we do well, and minimizing mistakes,” he said.
Cannon Falls finished the regular season with a 7-1 record.
Their only loss in the regular season was to Stewartville in their final game, a 45-24 defeat.
(For comparison, Providence Academy – whom DC defeated 26-13 in the section final – lost to Stewartville 62-27).
Full season statistics were not available for Cannon Falls. However, it is readily apparent that their offense is heavily run-oriented.