High school football: Saturday state tournament semifinal predictions

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Class 5A: Chanhassen (11-0) vs. Andover (10-1), 7 p.m.

Two of the more impressive teams in Class 5A this season are both armed with explosive offenses that can beat you by land or air. Chanhassen probably has the defensive edge here, but Andover’s offense may be a touch more dynamic. This game was meant to be played indoors on turf. Let the track meet begin. OUR PICK: Andover 42, Chanhassen 35

Class 3A: Dassel-Cokato (10-1) vs. Annandale (11-0), 4:30 p.m.

If you prefer defense versus the likely Class 5A shootout set to take place Saturday, maybe tune into this one, instead. Both teams won their quarterfinal games 14-7. That came one round after Annandale won its section final 14-8. OUR PICK: Dassel-Cokato 10, Annandale 7

Class 3A: Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (10-1) vs. Stewartville (12-0), 2 p.m.

Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton was the team that lost the Class 3A title last fall on New London-Spicer’s miraculous touchdown on the final play. Credit to the Rebels for picking themselves off the mat and getting back to U.S. Bank Stadium a year later. But their challenge Saturday is a big one. Stewartville has long been considered the best team in Class 3A this season. How about this ratio for Stewartville quarterback Ayden Helder? He has thrown 38 touchdowns to just two interceptions this fall. OUR PICK: Stewartville 31, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 21

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