The Sartell Sabres and the Simley Spartans faced off in the first round of the state tournament.  Michael Avwunuma, of the Spartans, rushed for a 1 yard Touchdown to give the Spartans the early 7-0 lead.  With less than 4 minutes left in the first half, Darek Stachowski, of the Sabres, rushed for a 1 yard Touchdown to even the score at 7.  Cole Veith rushed for a 25 yard Touchdown on the Spartans following drive which gave them the 14-7 lead heading into halftime.

Michael Busch and Matt Amspoker, of the Spartans, connected on a 47 yard Touchdown pass, but the extra point was unsuccessful.  Darek Stachowski rushed for his second 1 yard Touchdown of the game on the Sabres following drive, but Sabres still trailed 20-13.  The Spartans quickly answered with a Jake Olmstead 10 yard rushing Touchdown.  The Spartans lead 27-13 entering the fourth quarter.

With under 8 minutes left in the game, Michael Avwunuma rushed for his second Touchdown of the game which gave the Spartans the 34-13 lead.  In a two play drive for the Sabres,  Brandon Snoberger and Jake Lieberg connected on a 52 yard Touchdown to pull within two possessions.  Michael Busch rushed for a 29 yard Touchdown to put the Spartans back up by three possessions.

The Simley Spartans defeated the Sartell Sabres 44-20 in the opening round of the state tournament.

Stachowski 1 yd Touchdown

Snoberger to Lieberg Touchdown