Owatonna returns to U.S. Bank Saturday for the state football semifinals and a 7PM game with Brainerd. A year ago, the Huskies gave Elk River the toughest challenge they saw on the way to a title. OHS has the highest scoring offense in the state among Class 5A teams. Their offense is among the stingiest. Still, they have to get it done on the field Saturday night.

Junior running back Jason Williamson credits his offensive line for his big night in the quarterfinals, scoring seven touchdowns in Owatonna's 59-34 win over Mahtomedi. Senior lineman Kadyn Mulert says the loss to Northfield was a good wake up call for the Huskies, convincing them they needed to work even harder to achieve their goals.

Saturday's game will be heard on KRFO AM 1390, krforadio.com and on the RadioPup app.

Semifinal games began Thursday. Holy Angels ended top-ranked Winona's effort to return to the Prep Bowl for the second straight year 26-22 with a touchdown with under four minutes to play in a Class 4A game.

Caledonia continued its dominating play with a 49-16 win over Paynesville. The Warriors led 42-0 at the half and are aiming for their third straight AA title.

Spring Grove pulled away from Stephen-Argyle 27-7 in a nine-man semifinal. There was no last minute miracle for Maple Grove this time, falling to Eden Prairie 26-0 in a Class 6A game.