Northfield tops Mahtomedi, heads to semifinals

Northfield's Cody Schmidt returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and led the Raiders to a 21-13 win over favored Mahtomedi in the first round of the state Class AAAA playoffs Friday at Edina.

Northfield (9-3) will take on top-ranked Orono (11-0) in the semifinals at 12:45 p.m. Friday at the Metrodome. Mankato West will face St. Michael-Albertville in the other semifinal game Saturday.

One other area team advanced to the semifinals. Holy Family Catholic of Victoria defeated Perham 42-36 in St. Cloud Saturday. They face Glencoe-Silver Lake at 3:15 p.m.

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