In a clash of two unbeaten teams for the section championship, the suspense did not last long
The Mahtomedi Zephyrs raced to a 43-0 halftime lead and posted a 50-27 win over the SMB Wolfpack on Friday night.
“Enjoy this now, but we’ve got more work to do. And that’s the fun part,” coach Dave Muetzel told his squad, hearkening to the state tournament starting next Saturday against Mankato West in Farmington at 6 p.m.
Mahtomedi earned its 12th state trip, but first since 2010.
Zephyr quarterback Anthony Praml completed seven of 10 passes — six of them to Voyen — for 130 yards and two touchdowns, both in the first period. The 6-foot-3 Voyen out-leapt the defender twice for Praml’s lobs, scoring from 19 and 10 yards out.
Jalen Frye gained 181 yards on 18 carries, bolting 19, 16 and 23 yards for touchdowns. T.J. Tumbleson carried seven times for 37 yards and a four-yard score. Praml scored on a two-yard sneak.
Zephyr linebacker Ben Putney got Mahtomedi’s first points with a safety as he ran down SMB quarterback Jalen Suggs in the end zone on a play that started at the nine-yard line. That was his second sack of Suggs in three plays.
After that, the Zephyr pass rushers grasped for thin air as Suggs, a willowy, mature freshman prodigy, feinted, dodged or out-sprinted them on 46 of 48 drop-backs.
Suggs, who averaged 17 points on the Minnehaha Academy basketball team as an eighth-grader, hurled 46 passes, completing 21 for 256 yards and one touchdown.
Three passes were intercepted — by Liam Cashin, Spencer Scott and Evan Reyes. Cashin’s return of about 20 yards and Scott’s return of about 45 yards set up touchdowns. Reyes picked off a pass about 50 yards downfield.
SMB — a fusion of St. Paul Academy, Minnehaha Academy, and Blake — finished 9-1.
SMB ………… 0 0 14 13 — 27
Mahtomedi …. 23 20 0 7 — 50
Mah—safety by Ben Putney
Mah—Andy Voyen 19 pass from Anthony Praml (Chase Sullivan kick)
Mah—Voyen 10 pass from Praml (Sullivan kick)
Mah—Jalen Frye 19 run (Sullivan kick)
Mah—Frye 16 run (Sullivan kick)
Mah—Frye 19 run (kick failed)
Mah—TJ Tumbleson 4 run (Sullivan kick)
SMB— Siegel Howard 7 run (Matthew Gibbons kick)
SMB—Johnny Erickson 67 kick return (Gibbons kick)
Mah—Praml 2 run (Sullivan kick)
SMB—Erickson 4 pass from Jalen Suggs (Gibbons kick)
SMB—Howard 8 run (Gibbons kick)