Excitement surrounded the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome last weekend, and no I'm not talking about the bizarre Minnesota Vikings' game. I'm talking about the Minnesota State High School Football Tournament where it featured 7 games from teams representing 9-man to Class AAAAAA. The top teams from their respective class battled it out to be named state champions. It was all about what teams could rise to the occasion and overcome any obstacle their opponents could put in their way. In some games, the result was one sided, for instance in the Hutchinson versus Holy Angels (Hutchinson won 49-7), while other games came down to the wire like the game between New London-Spicer and St. Croix Lutheran (St. Croix Lutheran won 48-44). So what does this have to do with the Minnesota Wild? If the Wild want to count themselves amongst the Western Conference elite it must earn victories over those teams as well as vanquishing those clubs they clearly are better than.
Hutchinson and St. Croix Lutheran proved their mettle against both kinds of teams, pretenders and contenders. Now its the Wild's turn. The Wild have to exhibit the same intensity against current pretender Philadelphia this evening as they did against contender Colorado on Saturday night. Hopefully this time the Wild win the game. So will the Wild make a statement while on national television or will it be still in search of answers?
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