Minneapolis North back in championship game 

Minneapolis North running back Jamin Smith stretches for a 12-yard touchdown run.
Minneapolis North running back Jamin Smith stretches for a 12-yard touchdown run. (Mitchell Palmer McDonald/MSR News)

PrepScenesquare“I was in,” Minneapolis North quarterback Ahzerick Rodgers said, pleading his case after he heard the referee’s whistle during the Polars’ Class A state football semifinal 16-8 victory over Wabasso. “I was in.”

Rodgers had just kept the ball on a keeper and was tightroping his way down the sideline toward the end zone when the whistle blew, indicating that he had stepped out of bounds at the 12-yard line.

The next play — with the score tied 8-8 — running back Jamin Smith scored and Rodgers provided the two-point conversion to put North up for good early in the third quarter. With the win, the Polars find themselves in a title matchup with Rushford-Peterson this Saturday at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Minneapolis North quarterback Ahzerick Rodgers (2) steps out of bounds at the 12-yard line.
Minneapolis North quarterback Ahzerick Rodgers (2) steps out of bounds at the 12-yard line. (Mitch McDonald/MSR News)

The Polars, who were runners-up in last season’s title game, took an 8-0 lead after Rodgers — who later provided the two-point conversion — connected with wide receiver Isaac Johnson from six yards out.

Wabasso tied the game after running back Mitchell Fulton’s 41-yard run and Jared Welsh’s two-point conversion.

Defensive back Tayler Johnson sealed the Polars’ victory after intercepting a pass on North’s 11-yard line with 46 seconds remaining.

Defensively, the Polars were led by Nate Wheeler’s seven tackles; Odell Wilson and Jamire Jackson each had five, and Phillip Scott, Smith, and Isaac Johnson chipped in four each.

 

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