Woodbury seizes moment, tops Cretin-Derham Hall

  • Article by: JIM PAULSEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 27, 2012 - 12:22 AM

A game that seemed likely to become a cakewalk ended up a victory for the Royals.

hide

Woodbury High's Quaran Al-Hameed (8) celebrates with a coach after his team upset Cretin-Derham Hall 21-14 during playoff action Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at the University of St. Thomas.

Photo: David Joles, Star Tribune

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

It was supposed to be a warmup. Cretin-Derham Hall, its offense clicking in recent games, appeared poised to make a deep run into the Class 6A playoffs. First-round opponent Woodbury was just an appetizer.

Nobody told the Royals.

With running back Quaran Al-Hameed back after missing four games because of a leg injury, Woodbury proved more formidable than anyone expected, pulling off a 21-14 upset at O'Shaughnessy Stadium at the University of St. Thomas.

"Man, it feels like my whole life has come down to this," said Al-Hameed, who had the highlight play of the game, a twisting, tackle-breaking 18-yard run in the second quarter that gave Woodbury a 14-6 lead. "I used to play football with those guys from Cretin when I was growing up. To come out and beat them? It's a great feeling."

Cretin-Derham Hall looked like it meant business on its opening drive, moving smartly downfield and taking a 6-0 lead on a 9-yard pass from Conor Rhoda to Connor Keane. The extra point was missed, but at the time it seemed certain that more points were sure to come.

Bad assumption.

The Raiders had four more forays into Woodbury territory in the first half, only to come up empty.

With each stop, the Royals' confidence grew. They took the lead 7-6 midway through the second quarter on a 4-yard run by quarterback Sawyer Moon and carried that lead into halftime.

The second half was more of the same. Another Cretin mistake -- a fumble by James Onwualu -- led to Al-Hameed's spectacular touchdown run and a 14-6 lead.

Cretin responded on its next possession with a 1-yard run by Onwualu. A two-point conversion reception by Luke Hamel tied the score 14-14.

Undaunted, Woodbury retook the lead 21-14 when Moon slipped into the end zone from a yard out on fourth down from the Cretin-Derham Hall 1.

The Royals then came up with the biggest stop of the game. The Raiders had driven to the Woodbury 13-yard line in the latter stages of the game but couldn't convert on fourth-and-5.

"I had a feeling something good would happen today," Al-Hameed said. "The regular season doesn't matter anymore. As far as I'm concerned, we're 1-0, baby."

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Atlanta 7 FINAL
Pittsburgh 5
Miami 5 FINAL
St. Louis 3
Baltimore - LP: K. Gausman 4 FINAL
Detroit - WP: J. Nathan 6
Minnesota 4 FINAL
Boston 5
NY Yankees 5 FINAL
Tampa Bay 6
Philadelphia 1 FINAL
Toronto 4
Cincinnati 13 FINAL
Cleveland 2
Los Angeles 9 FINAL
Chicago WSox 6
Kansas City 3 FINAL
Seattle 0
Seattle 1 FINAL
Milwaukee 15
San Diego 3 FINAL
Arizona 3
NY Mets 8 FINAL
Washington 3
LA Angels 8 FINAL
Chicago Cubs 4
Colorado 3 FINAL
Texas 6
Oakland 6 FINAL
San Francisco 4
Indiana 107 FINAL
Milwaukee 111
Pittsburgh 2 FINAL
Carolina 5
New Jersey 2 FINAL(OT)
Washington 3
Los Angeles 3 FINAL
NY Islanders 2
Arizona 4 FINAL(OT)
Buffalo 3
Anaheim 3 FINAL(OT)
Boston 2
Nashville 3 FINAL
Tampa Bay 2
San Jose 6 FINAL
Detroit 4
NY Rangers 5 FINAL
Ottawa 1
Florida 4 FINAL
Toronto 1
Montreal 2 FINAL
Winnipeg 5
Colorado 4 FINAL
Vancouver 1
Wichita State 70 FINAL
Notre Dame 81
North Carolina 72 FINAL
Wisconsin 79
Evansville 89 FINAL
Louisiana 82
West Virginia 39 FINAL
Kentucky 78
Xavier 60 FINAL
Arizona 68
St Johns 55 FINAL
Villanova 63
NC State 79 FINAL
Temple 80
Missouri 55 FINAL
Michigan 65
Oral Roberts 64 FINAL
Louisiana 65
Duquesne 39 FINAL
West Virginia 60
Ole Miss 70 FINAL
Middle Tennessee 82
Northern Colorado 60 FINAL
UCLA 74
St Marys-CA 77 FINAL
Sacramento St 69

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Will Major League Soccer be successful in Minnesota?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close