Created: 11/17/2013 4:56 AM KSTP.com By: Chris Long
Mahnomen and Bethlehem Academy players line the field at the Metrodome in advance of their Class A State Football Semifinal
Mahnomen's defense paved the road to the Prep Bowl as the Indians blanked Bethlehem Academy of Faribault 19-0 in a Class A State Football Semifinal.
It was a rematch of last year's Class A Championship.
Mahnomen forced eight Bethlehem Academy turnovers in the game - two interceptions, two fumbles and four turnovers-on-downs - in hanging the shutout.
Tom Pavek and Austin Reitan each ran for over 90 yards and a touchdown. Pavek added a touchdown pass to Nathan Hanson on his only completion of the game. The Indians ran the ball 53 times and passed just three times.
Mahnomen will take a shot at an 8th State Championship in the Class A title game against Dawson-Boyd.
Click the video box on this page to see extended highlights of this game.