Elk River dominates 2016 Class 5A Prep Bowl defeating Spring Lake Park

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Elk River celebrates their victory in the 5A game between Elk River and Spring Lake Park on November 26, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

The Elk River Elks defeat the Spring Lake Park Panthers 42-14 to win the 2016 Class 5A Prep Bowl Championship game on November 26, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn.

The game was essentially over at halftime, at which point the Elks had amassed a 27-0 lead on 283 rushing yards, averaging over 14 yards per carry.

Elk River did not attempt a pass all game, but imposed their will on the Spring Lake Park defense, rushing for 446 yards and scoring touchdown runs of 60, 50, 33, 1, 50, and 30 yards.

In the entire game, between both teams there were only six passes attempted, three were caught for 22 yards.  In contrast, there were 97 running plays for a net 721 yards on the ground.

Elk River’s ability to run the football over and over and over and over, and to do it effectively is a testament to the practice that the team has put in.  There were four Elk River runners who scored a touchdown and all four had at least 30 yards.  The Spring Lake Park Panthers dominated time of possession but could not convert on 3rd (5-13) and 4th (2-5) downs.

This Prep Bowl title is especially meaningful to Elk River as the team is commemorating this being their 125th year of playing football.

 

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Elk River celebrates their victory in the 5A game between Elk River and Spring Lake Park on November 26, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Elk River celebrates their victory in the 5A game between Elk River and Spring Lake Park on November 26, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Elk River celebrates their victory in the 5A game between Elk River and Spring Lake Park on November 26, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Elk River celebrates their victory in the 5A game between Elk River and Spring Lake Park on November 26, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Elk River QB Blake Hills (12) pick off and of the few passes of the game in the 5A game between Elk River and Spring Lake Park on November 26, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Elk River QB Blake Hills (12) pick off and of the few passes of the game in the 5A game between Elk River and Spring Lake Park on November 26, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Some very worried Spring Lake Park fans in the 5A game between Elk River and Spring Lake Park on November 26, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Some very worried Spring Lake Park fans in the 5A game between Elk River and Spring Lake Park on November 26, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Elk River fans in the 5A game between Elk River and Spring Lake Park on November 26, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Elk River fans in the 5A game between Elk River and Spring Lake Park on November 26, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Elk River QB Blake Hills (12) hands off to Elk River RB Sherrod Kpahn (3) in the 5A game between Elk River and Spring Lake Park on November 26, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Elk River QB Blake Hills (12) hands off to Elk River RB Sherrod Kpahn (3) in the 5A game between Elk River and Spring Lake Park on November 26, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Spring Lake Park LB Cade McMahon (22) gets stopped by Elk River QB Mitchell Stroh (2) in the 5A game between Elk River and Spring Lake Park on November 26, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Spring Lake Park LB Cade McMahon (22) gets stopped by Elk River QB Mitchell Stroh (2) in the 5A game between Elk River and Spring Lake Park on November 26, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Elk River RB Sam Gibas (15) ttys to duck a tackle in the 5A game between Elk River and Spring Lake Park on November 26, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Elk River RB Sam Gibas (15) ttys to duck a tackle in the 5A game between Elk River and Spring Lake Park on November 26, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Elk River QB Blake Hills (12) runs the ball out of the backfield in the 5A game between Elk River and Spring Lake Park on November 26, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Elk River QB Blake Hills (12) runs the ball out of the backfield in the 5A game between Elk River and Spring Lake Park on November 26, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Spring Lake Park QB Zachary Ojile (13) finds a little bit of daylight in the 5A game between Elk River and Spring Lake Park on November 26, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Spring Lake Park QB Zachary Ojile (13) finds a little bit of daylight in the 5A game between Elk River and Spring Lake Park on November 26, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Elk River RB Nicholas Rice (29) had a big day in the 5A game between Elk River and Spring Lake Park on November 26, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Elk River RB Nicholas Rice (29) had a big day in the 5A game between Elk River and Spring Lake Park on November 26, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Elk River QB Blake Hills (12) makes a break for a touchdown in the 5A game between Elk River and Spring Lake Park on November 26, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Elk River QB Blake Hills (12) makes a break for a touchdown in the 5A game between Elk River and Spring Lake Park on November 26, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Elk River RB Sam Gibas (15) ttys to slip a tackle from Spring Lake Park DB Sam Fritz (12) in the 5A game between Elk River and Spring Lake Park on November 26, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Elk River RB Sam Gibas (15) ttys to slip a tackle from Spring Lake Park DB Sam Fritz (12) in the 5A game between Elk River and Spring Lake Park on November 26, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Spring Lake Park RB Anthony Fleischfresser (35) get stopped by the Elk River defense in the 5A game between Elk River and Spring Lake Park on November 26, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Spring Lake Park RB Anthony Fleischfresser (35) get stopped by the Elk River defense in the 5A game between Elk River and Spring Lake Park on November 26, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Elk River OL Jalon Nielson (65) hoists the championship trophy in the 5A game between Elk River and Spring Lake Park on November 26, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Elk River OL Jalon Nielson (65) hoists the championship trophy in the 5A game between Elk River and Spring Lake Park on November 26, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Spring Lake Park LB Cade McMahon (22) recovers a fumble on the final Elk River kick off in the 5A game between Elk River and Spring Lake Park on November 26, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Spring Lake Park LB Cade McMahon (22) recovers a fumble on the final Elk River kick off in the 5A game between Elk River and Spring Lake Park on November 26, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Head coach Steve Hamilton congratulates Elk River OL Ronnie Audette (74) in the 5A game between Elk River and Spring Lake Park on November 26, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Head coach Steve Hamilton congratulates Elk River OL Ronnie Audette (74) in the 5A game between Elk River and Spring Lake Park on November 26, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Elk River RB Sherrod Kpahn (3) watches the final seconds tick off the clock in the 5A game between Elk River and Spring Lake Park on November 26, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Elk River RB Sherrod Kpahn (3) watches the final seconds tick off the clock in the 5A game between Elk River and Spring Lake Park on November 26, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Elk River QB Noah Weege (16) scores an Elk River touchdown in the 5A game between Elk River and Spring Lake Park on November 26, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Elk River QB Noah Weege (16) scores an Elk River touchdown in the 5A game between Elk River and Spring Lake Park on November 26, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Elk River RB Nicholas Rice (29) finishes a 50 yard run with a touchdown in the 5A game between Elk River and Spring Lake Park on November 26, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Elk River RB Nicholas Rice (29) finishes a 50 yard run with a touchdown in the 5A game between Elk River and Spring Lake Park on November 26, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)