The Cloquet football team had plenty of chances on Friday afternoon but capitalized on none, with the leading to a 14-0 loss to the Academy of Holy Angels in the MSHSL Class AAAA championship game at U.S. Bank Stadium.
The two teams combined for 10 turnovers in the game, five on each side. The Lumberjacks defense came up with three interceptions and recovered two fumbles, but none of those resulted in points.
Seniors Joseph Heimbold and Ryan Mazurek hooked up on a 46-yard touchdown pass in the opening quarter, and Thomas Shelstad added a one-yard scoring run in the third quarter to account for all the scoring.
"There's lots of valuable lessons to be learned from that, not just football lessons but life lessons," Cloquet head coach Tom Lenarz said. "This is an opportunity for growth for all these kids. We didn't win today, but can we find something positive? Can we talk about the way we came together and didn't quit?"
Tim Pokornowski led the Lumberjacks with 113 yards rushing, but he was just 6-of-15 for 43 yards through the air.
Cloquet was in the state championship game for the first time in 1976, when it also finished as the runner-up. The Lumberjacks finish the season with a (12-1) overall record.