On Thursday, November 15, the SMB Wolfpack football team, a co-op between SPA, Blake, and Minnehaha, traveled to US Bank Stadium for the MSHSL Class 4A State Semifinals against the Waseca Bluejays. The team earned their spot in the final four by sneaking by Delano in the Quarterfinals to win a very cold, back-and-forth 14-7 game.
From the onset of the Thursday Semifinal, it was clear the Wolfpack and Bluejays were evenly matched and that a team effort on both sides of the football would be required to advance to the title game. The first points of the contest were scored in the second quarter by SMB on a 7-yard touchdown pass from superstar quarterback Jalen Suggs (Minnehaha). The Wolfpack didn't hold the lead for long, though. On their next drive, Waseca put together a nine-play run, including two 35+ yard passes, to even the score at 7-7. The Wolfpack took the lead again late in the second quarter with a 31-yard field goal and would hold on until halftime, 10-7.
After a tightly contested first half, Waseca made a statement coming off the break. The Bluejays took the second-half kickoff and drove 80 yards in seven plays, capped by a 25-yard touchdown reception and two-point conversion; 10-15. SMB reached the Waseca red zone on its next two drives, but turned the ball over twice. Each time, however, the Wolfpack defense rose the occasion, earning back-to-back three-and-outs to get their offense back on the field. Early in the fourth, the SMB regained the lead, 16-15, on a two-yard running touchdown, which led to the most crucial and nail-biting stretch of the game. In the final 6:30 minutes of play, Waseca blocked a punt and took over with great field position. On the next play, however, it was SMB's turn to make a play; Wolfpack linebacker Kaden Johnson stormed in on the Bluejays first play and hit the Waseca quarterback as he was throwing, causing the ball to pop into the hands of an SMB lineman. On the next play, Suggs gave the Wolfpack some cushion with a long pass that was snagged for a 53-yard gain. The drive would be capped by a 15-yard run to give SMB an eight-point lead and, ultimately, the semifinal victory.