It was a close game, back and forth game for 47 minutes in the Class 3A Prep Bowl. The Rochester Lourdes Eagles scored first, followed by a St. Croix Lutheran score – all of them touchdowns. The game was tied at 35 with 42 seconds left in the game with the Crusaders called a timeout. The pass play from Rochester’s Noah Hillman was complete to Ed Caples, who immediately lateraled the ball to Pat Leary, who took the ball 20 yards to the St. Croix 30 before passing to Carter Greguson, who advanced the ball 25 more yards to the St. Croix 5. From there Jake Groteboer punched in the five yard run for the touchdown.
The play looked impressive as it was happening but when the replay was shown on the enormous screens at US Bank Stadium, it looked as if the lateral had gone forward, a fact that if it had been called would have resulted in a penalty against Rochester and may have sent the game to overtime. Rochester players and fans let the officials know their displeasure, but in the Minnesota State High School League there is no replay provision so the call on the field stood.
Rochester Lourdes tied the MSHSL Prep Bowl record for the longest drive, a drive that started on the ½ yard line after Noah Hillman intercepted a Crusader pass, landing just outside the end zone. Noah Hillman would then rush, four plays later, 66 yards for a touchdown to put the Eagles up by seven with 7:58 left in the game. St. Croix Lutheran would tie the game up but would ultimately lose after the big play outlined above put the Eagles back in the lead with 25 seconds left.
Rochester Lourdes wins their third Prep Bowl since 2010.