Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Donning an orange hat, Owatonna running back Jason Williamson hoisted the Class 5A state championship trophy after leading the Huskies to a 14-3 victory over St. Thomas Academy Saturday night at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Joining in the excitement with Williamson were the rest of his teammates, including Joe Edel, far left, Ben Zappa (11) and Christian Nogle, far right. It was Owatonna’s second straight state title and third in six years.

TWICE IS NICE

Unbeaten Huskies claim state title again

It’s becoming a familiar feeling for the Owatonna Huskies.

On Saturday, the Huskies (13-0) claimed their second consecutive state football championship at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Owatonna survived a thrilling game against another unbeaten team, St. Thomas Academy (12-1), to claim the title. This was Owatonna’s third state title in the past six years.

Owatonna faced an unfamiliar situation as it trailed 3-0 at half time. Star running back and Minnesota Gophers recruit Jason Williamson came out in the second half with an amazing play in which he took a toss left, sidestepped one tackler, blasted through two others and raced 71 yards into the end zone to put Owatonna on the scoreboard.

Williamson wasn’t done. He put the finishing touches on the victory several minutes later when he slipped through the line and raced in from 44 yards for his second touchdown. He finished with 184 yards on 23 carries in his final high school game.

After the celebration on the field, the Huskies traveled back to Owatonna for a welcome home celebration with fans at the high school.

“We have a lot of confidence in our defense,” said Huskies coach Jeff Williams. “There has been a lot of talk this year about how teams that we faced have great defenses and very few people were talking about ours. Hopefully they will now because our defense was lights out.”

Check out the sports section for all the championship highlights and more photos. The Times will publish a souvenir edition commemorating the Huskies’ unforgettable season next week.

 

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