WEST ST. PAUL, MN; The Minnesota Sports Broadcast Network announces today that the network will be broadcasting all six Prep Bowl match-ups live from the Metrodome in Minneapolis November 28 and 29. This marks the second straight year that MSBN will be bringing extensive coverage of the state championship games, as MSBN broadcast all 12 semifinal match-ups last year as well. Each of the six games can be heard, free of charge, online at MSBN’s website, www.mnsportsnetwork.com. The winners of each of the six games will be crowned Minnesota state football champions for 2008.
When the state football tournament is concluded at the end of the day on November 29, the Minnesota Sports Broadcast Network will have concluded its football broadcast schedule, having broadcast 110 high school football games live throughout the course of the fall.
7:00 pm: State Class 5A Final: Blaine (11-1) vs. Wayzata (12-0): One team will claim their second Prep Bowl title in the Class 5A championship game, as the Blaine Bengals and Wayzata Trojans will square off in the final game of day number one from the Metrodome in Minneapolis. The Bengals have knocked off a who’s who of Minnesota football to make it to the title game, beating Eden Prairie in the state quarterfinals 28-24, and then Cretin-Derham Hall in the semifinals, 28-27 in overtime. Combined, those two teams were 23-0 coming into those games, and between them have a total of 32 state tournament appearances and have seven state championships. Wayzata, meanwhile, defeated St. Cloud Tech 38-0 in their quarterfinal match-up, and then beat Rosemount in the semifinals, 34-10. The Trojans have gone undefeated this season by posting an average margin of victory of 43-8, and only once this season has a team has been able to keep the margin of victory to single digits, that being Edina, in a 16-10 Trojan victory during the last week of the regular season. Blaine is making their 10th state tournament appearance, winning the 1988 championship, and finishing second in 1996, 1997 and 2001. Wayzata, meanwhile, is making their eighth appearance in the tournament, winning the 2005 Prep Bowl, and finishing runners-up in 2004. Joe Michaels will have the play-by-play call for the Minnesota Sports Broadcast Network, along with Jon Wekkin providing color commentary.
The Minnesota Sports Broadcast Network, www.mnsportsnetwork.com, is a Minnesota based web broadcasting company started in September 2005 to broadcast and promote high school, college, and professional athletics. Since its inception, MSBN has broadcast more than 875 events in the state of Minnesota, including coverage of Minnesota State High School League regular and post-season athletic events, University of St. Thomas athletics, and Northwoods League Baseball. Check www.mnsportsnetwork.com for broadcast information including start times and game summaries.