Pequot Lakes students and fans made their way to U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Saturday, Nov. 18, to cheer on the Patriots football team as they participated in the State Class 3A semifinals in a 45-7 defeat against St. Croix Lutheran Academy.
As state semifinalists, the Patriots ended the season with the best finish in team history. It was also the second time the Patriots qualified for the state tournament, falling in the opening round of the 2009 tournament.
Fans in attendance at the Minnesota Vikings' stadium maintained intensity - cheering loudly for the Patriots' lone touchdown in the fourth quarter - and the high school band provided entertainment during pregame warmups and stoppages in play.
The Patriot football team's bus was once again escorted out of town Friday, Nov. 17, by fire truck and police vehicles with sirens sounding.