The Cromwell Cardinals captured their fourth nine-man state championship on Friday, with a 49-42 victory over Lanesboro in the Prep Bowl.
Cromwell quarterback Jordan Suhonen set four state records. He ran for a 374 yards and 5 touchdowns, averaging 13.4 yards per carry. In the third quarter, Jordan ran 86 yards for a touchdown, the longest run in state tourney history. Suhonen, who suffered a broken leg a year ago, ran for 12 touchdowns and threw for another touchdown in three state tournament games.
To put it in perspective, the previous records Suhonen surpassed were 299 rushing yards, 4 touchdowns, a 10.75 yards per carry average, with the longest run at 84 yards.
As a team, Cromwell ran for 527 yards. The Cardinals finish the year at (9-4), winning their last seven games in the process after a (2-4) start to the season. The 91 points scored between the two teams also tied a state record.
Nick Berg, who scored two rushing touchdowns himself, had two of Cromwell's four interceptions on defense.
Cromwell, making their 15th trip to the state tournament, also won state championships in 1995, 96, and 98.
Posted by Joe Dufek