St. Thomas Academy sprints into U.S. Bank Stadium for Class 5A semifinals

Shari L. Gross, Star Tribune/Star Tribune/TNS

St. Thomas Academy's Savion Hart tallied five scores while Owatonna lost three fumbles and threw an interception in Saturday's Class 5A football state tournament quarterfinal at Woodbury High School — and the combination produced a 46-28 Cadets victory.

With the victory, No. 9 St. Thomas Academy (9-2) advances to play at 2 p.m. Friday at U.S. Bank Stadium.

The Cadets led 25-14 at halftime. Owatonna quarterback Jacob Ginskey got hit and fumbled away his team's opening possession on the first play. Teddy Knapp recovered to give St. Thomas Academy the ball at the Huskies 6-yard line.

Three plays later, running back Hart recorded his 30th rushing touchdown of the season (31st touchdown overall) and tacked on the two-point conversion run for an 8-0 Cadets lead.

Hart broke a 34-yard touchdown run on the Cadets' next possession for a 15-0 advantage.

The Ginskey brothers finally got the Huskies (8-3) going. Quarterback Jacob and receiver Nolan hooked up for a 69-yard touchdown.

Teammate Brennan Sletten added a short scoring run to cut Owatonna's deficit to 18-14. On the next St. Thomas Academy drive, however, Maximus Sims hit a wide-open Chase Young for a 1-yard touchdown and restored a 25-14 lead.

Owatonna capped the first half about the way it started, with two fumbles.

Hart punctuated his day in similar fashion, too, getting loose on a fourth down carry for a 39-yard touchdown with 3:02 remaining.

A penalty-filled game resulted in Owatonna coach Jeff Williams getting ejected with 5:32 remaining in the game.