Woodbury football: Royals take out frustrations on Forest Lake
Following a four-game losing streak, the Woodbury football team took out its frustrations on Forest Lake.
Woodbury beat Forest Lake 54-7 in the regular-season finale on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Woodbury High School. The Royals racked up 476 total yards of offense in the rout of the winless Rangers.
Though he sat most of the second half, Woodbury senior quarterback Sawyer Moon led the way in the win. Moon was 16-for-27 passing for 196 yards and two touchdowns to go along with two first-half rushing touchdowns. In addition, senior receiver Tucker Benjamin reeled in two long touchdown passes. Also, the game marked the return of Woodbury starting tailback Quran Al-Hameed, who ran for a pair of scores.
Woodbury improved to 3-5 overall, and in the SEC, with the win. Forest Lake dropped to 0-8. Woodbury finished the year third in the conference in total offense averaging 364 yards per game. The Rangers were last in offense and defense and were outscored an average of 48.8 to 8.5 on the year.
In the game, Moon and Woodbury started the game off with a bang. The Royals opened up a 7-0 lead on an 81-yard pass from Moon to Benjamin and an extra point kick by Lisa Huska. Not too much later, Moon was in the end zone himself on a 20-yard keeper and, after the extra point by Kristina White, the Royals were up 14-0. In the second quarter, Moon ran for a 30-yard touchdown to make it 20-0. Then, Al-Hameed went for 11 yards to put Woodbury up 26-0.
Forest Lake was able to score late in the half to cut its deficit to 26-7. But, the second half belonged to Woodbury.
The Royals scored four straight times - twice in the third quarter and twice in the fourth quarter, when the majority of Woodbury's regulars were on the sidelines.
Al-Hameed started things off with a 14-yard touchdown to make it 33-7. Junior running back John McNiff followed up with a 38-yard run to run the score to 40-7. In the fourth quarter, freshman quarterback Brady Mundahl hit Benjamin for a 55-yard score and senior Kyle Schmidt ran for a 1-yard touchdown to complete the rout.
After the win, Woodbury was dealt the sixth seed in the eight-team Section 4AAAAAA playoffs and will face third-seeded and 10th-ranked Cretin-Derham Hall on Friday, Oct. 26, at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. The Raiders (6-2; 6-2 SEC) beat the Royals 48-20 back on Oct. 12. Stillwater is the No. 1 seed.