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Red Wing’s Kevin Kimmes (right) signals touchdown as Tim Kelly falls in the end zone for Red Wing’s second score en route to a 28-6 win over Austin on Oct. 27, 1981. With that victory, the Wingers clinched a share of the Big Nine Conference title with Owatonna and Austin. In the 1981 season, Red Wing football finished one game away from reaching state with an 8-2 record. (R-E file photo)

A champ returns: Red Wing's Frawley looks back on Big Nine football title

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The last time Red Wing participated in a Big nine Conference football game, Austin stood in the way of a league championship. The Wingers crushed the Packers, 28-6, on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 1981, producing a threw-way tie for the conference title.


By virtue of head-to-head victories over Owatonna and Austin – the other two teams who can claim a share of the trophy – it was the Wingers who would get a chance to represent the Big Nine in the Class AA state tournament.

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Kyle Stevens
Kyle Stevens is a sports reporter for the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Previously, Kyle worked at the Owatonna People’s Press, as well as KWLM and KLFN in Willmar. You can contact Kyle by phone at (651) 301-7879, via e-mail at, and follow him on Twitter @RE_KStevens.
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