Mahtomedi’s 41-14 win over Hill-Murray on Friday wasn’t just another win; it was special. It was coach Dave Muetzel’s 100th win.
“It felt good. … The first thing that comes to your mind is just all the players that we’ve had the opportunity to coach here,” Muetzel said.
In over 10 years of coaching, Muetzel has seen a lot of players, including senior quarterback Johnathon DeVore, who got the Zephyrs off to a hot start Friday. He threw four touchdowns in the first half, three of which came in the first quarter. The first came less than three minutes into the game when he tossed a 60-yard bomb to senior Dominick Livingston for the game’s first score and a 6-0 lead.
Two more came at the end of the first and both went to junior Ethan Loss. The second came as time expired in the quarter on a 25-yard catch and run. After four scores coming off the hand of DeVore, Mahtomedi held a 27-0 lead at the half. DeVore finished the night 16 of 22 for 342 yards and five touchdowns.
“I think we had some great play-calling. We were scheming all week; I think we just put it all together tonight. And we made some plays downfield; it was really nice,” DeVore said.
The Zephyrs defense was nearly as impressive as its offense. They recorded two sacks and were able to slow Hill-Murray running back Sawyer Seidl, who was coming off a 200-yard game in a win over North St. Paul. Seidl was held to 49 yards on 13 carries.
“Our kids did a nice job of not letting him get going. Because once he gets going, he’s got the speed, he’s going. So, we were able to get at him before he was kind of able to get things rolling,” Muetzel said.
Hill-Murray was eventually able to get on the board in the third when freshman quarterback Simon Seidl completed a screen pass to junior Joseph Koch, who scampered 25 yards for the score.
The Zephyrs answered in the fourth, when DeVore threw his fifth touchdown pass of the night. He hit Livingston again in the back corner of the end zone.
“I thought (DeVore) played well, he played smart,” Muetzel said. “He put the ball in spots that our guys were the only ones that could get it. And he gave our wide receivers a chance.”
While DeVore completed passes to seven different receivers, Livingston was his favorite target with six catches for 156 yards and two scores.
Mahtomedi (2-0) stayed undefeated in the shortened season, but its focus is on each individual week.
“It’s really nice to start out on this big of a note, but the mentality going into every week is we’re 0-0 every week, and hopefully, we’re 1-0 every week,” DeVore said. “We got a big week next week and we’re 0-0 right now, so that’s what we got to focus on.”