Axtell players celebrate winning Friday's semifinal game in Kensington against Thunder Ridge. Axtell shut out the Longhorns to earn an invitation to play in the eight-man Division II state game Nov. 27 in Newton. Photo by Julie Perry

Axtell took control from the start and did not relinquish it Friday at Kensington against Thunder Ridge.

The Eagles, ranked No. 1 in eight-man Division II, did not give up much to the Longhorns, ranked No. 2, and the result earned Axtell a return trip to the eight-man Division II state game.