ST. CLOUD, Minn. (MSC) - State High School Football Tournament play begins Thursday night as the Sartell-St. Stephen Sabres take on the St. Michael Albertville Knights at St. Cloud State's Husky Stadium. The winners of Section 8 and Section 6 respectively vie for a chance at the semi-final round at Mall of America Field next week.
Catch the live Metro Sports Commission coverage on KNSI, starting with a 6:40 pregame ahead of a 7 pm kick off.
The Sabres enter the game on a tremendous hot streak, with 7 straight wins. Their run through the sectional tournament included a first round victory over Sauk Rapids Rice, a Semi-Final upset win over St. Cloud Apollo and a sectional title game win over Moorhead. Sartell, at 8-3 on the year, found their way into the state tournament a year after coming up a game short in sectional play.
For the Knights, their extended hot streak came to start the season. St. Michael Albertville rattled off wins in their first 7 games before stumbling to Rogers in overtime in the season finale. After a bye in round one of Section 6 play, the Knights found their stride, knocking of Buffalo, then sending Rogers packing in a rematch game in the finals. The Knights, at 9-1 this year, also game up a game short of state last year, falling to Elk River in the finals.
All the action from Husky Stadium starts with Williams Integracare Clinic Pregame at 6:40 on AM 1450, FM 103.3 KNSI, with kick off following at 7. Matt Wood and JW Cox will be on the call.