Bulletin Game of the Week: Park vs. Woodbury football
GAME OF THE WEEK
Who: Park vs. Woodbury football
What: Suburban East Conference and intra-district rivalry game
Where: Woodbury High School
When: Friday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m.
The Park and Woodbury football teams renew their longstanding rivalry on Friday.
Park opened the season by snapping a 21-game losing streak. This week, they'll hope to break another one against the Royals.
When Park hits the field at Royals Stadium it will be looking to end a nine-year losing streak to Woodbury.
The last time Park defeated Woodbury was Sept. 13 of 2002, when the Wolfpack shutout the Royals 26-0 behind 126 yards rushing and a touchdown by Jayson Almodovar. Park had 300 total yards on the ground alone in the win.
However, since then, Woodbury is 9-0 against Park - including two wins over the Wolfpack last season. The Royals beat Park 49-13 in the regular season, then ended the Wolfpack's year with a 44-7 win in the first round of the section playoffs. Park and Woodbury didn't play the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons.
Both teams enter the game 1-1 on the year. Park beat Forest Lake 47-12 then fell to Roseville 49-26. Woodbury lost 20-18 to Stillwater in week No. 1, but rebounded with a 33-26 win over Hastings last week.
The two teams have two of the best running backs in the metro area.
Park senior Dylan Smallidge currently leads the Suburban East Conference in rushing with 354 yards and five touchdowns on 40 carries. Woodbury senior Quran Al-Hameed is second in the conference with 324 yards and four touchdowns on 49 carries. Both backs are extremely versatile - they catch passes, return kicks and play defense as well. Al-Hameed is second in the conference in all-purpose yards with 476 - the leading non-quarterback. Smallidge is sixth in total yards with 375.
Other players to watch include: Woodbury senior quarterback Sawyer Moon, Park junior quarterback Sam Domeier, Woodbury senior defensive end Ryan Winter, Woodbury senior defensive back Abiola Abodunde and seniors Geno DeMike and Tucker Benjamin and Park seniors Erick Black and Mitch Zurn and juniors David Giadyu and Cody Linssen.