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The East Ridge football team will regroup for the 2010 season after a winless inaugural campaign in 2009. The Raptors finished their first year 0-9 after a loss at St. Paul Central in the Section 4AAAA playoffs on Tuesday night. Bulletin Photo by Tom Carothers.

Royals win, Raptors lose in football sectionals

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The second season for area footballers kicked off Tuesday night and for the new kid on the block, it ended promptly.

While third-seeded Woodbury was beating up on No. 6 Minneapolis South, 43-8, in the Section 4AAAAA opener at Royals Stadium, East Ridge saw its inaugural campaign come to an end as the seventh-seeded Raptors fell to No. 2 St. Paul Central, 32-14, in Section 4AAAA.

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The Royals downed the Tigers, 43-8, posting the first seven scores of the game -- six touchdowns, one safety -- before South got on the board late with a long pass play.

Profit Idowu ran for two scores while fellow senior running back Anthony Osifuye's 33-yard touchdown sprint in the opening quarter put his team on the board for good.

Sophomore Joe Wood ran for his first varsity touchdown, with classmate Junius Wilson and junior Andrew Ayeni also finding the endzone once apiece in the victory.

The triumph set up a showdown with No. 2 seed Henry Sibley in West St. Paul this Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

Sibley does not play on the high school campus, rather at Charles Matson Field at Heritage Middle School -- located at 121 West Butler Ave. in West St. Paul, five blocks west of Robert St.

The Warriors walloped Park, 29-0, in their sectional opener on Tuesday. Woodbury enters the game at 6-3 on the year, while Sibley is 7-2.

East Ridge

The Raptors finalized their first year's record at 0-9 after a 32-14 loss in St. Paul on Tuesday.

While the Minutemen scored first, East Ridge matched the hosts, 7-7, after one quarter on a two-yard touchdown run by fullback Austin Fischer.

However, Central would sandwich running back Trae Ostman's fourth-quarter score with two touchdowns on each side -- tallying seven points in the second quarter, six in the third and 12 after Ostman's 32-yarder -- to run away with the contest in a 16-point victory.

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