Updated: 11/17/2013 5:53 AM KSTP.com By: Chris Long
The Minneota Vikings celebrate their return to the Prep Bowl after defeating Maple Lake in the Class AA Semifinals at the Metrodome on Thursday night.
Photo: Chris Long / KSTP Sports
Defending Class A State Football Champions Minneota will play for a title in Class AA this year after a resounding state semifinal win over Maple Lake.
Paced by Jeff Gladis' 171 yards, Minneota used a strong ground game to defeat Maple Lake 50-24.
Minneota quarterback Austin Buysee and Jordan Beck connected for two touchdowns. Nathan Pavek scored twice more on the ground for the victorious Vikings.
The Irish cut Minneota's lead to 21-16 in the second quarter, but surrendered 29 straight points thereafter.
Minneota returns to the Prep Bowl - one class higher than last year - against either Chatfield or Hawley in the AA Championship on November 29th.