Football: Area schools take week seven football action on the chin

Mahtomedi 36 - Hill-Murray 15

The Hill-Murray Pioneers scored first and last in the Classic Suburban Conference game Oct. 11 at Mahtomedi.

In between those two scores, the Mahtomedi Zephyrs put 26 points up on the scoreboard and outscored the Pioneers by 21 points for a 36-15 win.

“We’re a bit undersized, and we have to try to contain bigger players,” explained Hill-Murray coach Tony Danna as he talked about the many penalties assessed to his team, especially in the second half.

Danna continued, “We played a good first half, but found it difficult to sustain our efforts in the second. We played hard, but it just wasn’t enough.”

Mahtomedi coach Dave Muetzel smiled and agreed that the effort by his players was better than a week ago when Tartan beat the Zephyrs for the first time in 12 years.

“They (the Pioneers) played us even in the first half. They played hard in that first half. I think we approached the game with a lack of focus. We cleaned that problem up and had a much more concerted second half of play. It helped us gain the upper hand toward the end of the game.”

The first half ended level at 8-8, but in the second half the Zephyrs’ “more concerted” play gave them a 28-7 scoring advantage.

The first score of the game came early in the second quarter after the Hill-Murray defense put up a good effort and stopped Mahtomedi deep in its own end.

With the ball on the Mahtomedi 35, a punt was attempted.

Hill-Murray senior linebacker Conor Nath broke through and blocked the punt. The ball rolled toward the end zone where Marshawn Wilson scooped it up and rambled into pay dirt.

A pass by quarterback Brennan LeFeber to Dusty Krueger produced two more points and Hill-Murray, just 1:33 into the second 12-minute session, was on top 8-0.

The Zephyrs led 36-8 when the Pioneers began their final drive at their 24-yard line. It took them nine plays - all passes - before Wilson pulled down a 21-yard heave from Nick Engels for a score. Lafeber booted the PAT and with 15.1 seconds remaining the final score in the 36-15 Mahtomedi victory was posted.

St. Thomas 52 - North 0

The St. Thomas Cadets marched into North High stadium Oct. 11 and never stopped marching until they headed for home with a 52-0 whitewash of the Polars.

In gaining the CSC win, St. Thomas owned the statistics and the game.

St. Thomas had a margin of 313 total yards - 402 to 89 - over North. The Cadets had a total of 24 first downs to North’s five.

St. Thomas got scoring from six different players. Leading rusher for the Cadets was Joe Herbeck who carried the ball 18 times and gained 96 total yards for an average of 5.2 per carry and two TDs.

Nick Motzel toted the ball six time for 64 yards, a 10.7 per carry average.

Benilde-St. Margaret’s 48 - Tartan 27 

The Tartan Titans traveled to St. Louis Park for a non-conference game against the Benilde-St. Margaret’s Red Knights and suffered only their second setback of the 2013 football season.

In the first half, the Titans spotted the Red Knights 20 points before they began a comeback attempt.

Keenan Belaphant took the ball 8 yards in for a score. Bellaphant then ran in for a two-point conversion and the Titans were on the board, but on the short side of the 20-8 score.

The Red Knights turned the ball over, and Tartan took advantage. On the second play, Bellaphant broke free for a 58-yard sortie into the Red Knights’ end zone. The try for the point after failed, but the Titans had pulled within six at 14-20.

But before halftime intermission, the Red Knights produced two more TDs.

They headed to the locker rooms with Tartan on the short end of the 26-14 count.

In the third quarter the Red Knights increased their lead to 34-14.

The Titans came back when Bellaphant scored his third TD of the game. The Tartan workhorse plowed his way 4 yards for a score. Erik Eastwood added the extra point, and Tartan had narrowed the count to 21-34 as play moved to the fourth quarter.

Before the Titans could muster another tally the Red Knights put 14 more points on the scoreboard.

Finally, late in the fourth, a Tim McCarthy 3-yard pass was pulled in by Kylon Payne for a touchdown. The kick for the PAT missed and the final points, 48-27, were up on the scoreboard.

The last regular season games will be played on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Play will find Richfield (0-7) at Hill-Murray (1-5, 2-5), and North (1-5, 1-6) at Tartan (5-1, 6-1). Games begin at 7 p.m.

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