Royals win on road, Raptors and Eagles fall at homeWoodbury gets up early and holds on against a pesky Hastings squad, while hopeful East Ridge and New Life lose to visiting squads.
By: Tom Carothers, Woodbury Bulletin
It was a good night to be a road team on Wednesday as the Woodbury football team won at Hastings, while East Ridge and New Life Academy both lost at home.
Nine plays after Junious Wilson fumble recovery of Hastings' second hike from scrimmage put Woodbury in business in Raiders territory, quarterback Jake Quast's five-yard touchdown run on fourth down gave the visiting Royals a lead they would not relinquish on their way to a 42-28 win despite some pesky play from the hosts.
A six-yard thrust from running back Anthony Osifuye capped Woodbury's next drive with another touchdown midway through the first quarter and it appeared the rout was again on with the Royals up 14-0.
However, two of the next three first-half touchdowns would go to the hosts, and after a touchdown hop of one-yard by running back Lamonte Edwards helped the Royals to their 20th point, a 40-yard scoring pass for the Raiders wrapping up the pre-halftime scoring to give Hastings hope behind just 21-14.
Yet, hope would be all the Raiders would have on the evening as two scores — one apiece by Osifuye and Edwards — put Woodbury up 35-14 as the contest moved to the fourth quarter.
A pair of Hastings touchdowns did little more than get the local radio announcers excited as another touchdown run from Quast — this one for eight yards — put the game out of reach and led to the eventual two-score triumph.
The win pushed the Royals to 5-2 on the year, keeping them in a de-facto third-place tie with Mounds View — a team that handled the Royals earlier this season — in the Suburban East Conference race. The loss pushed the Raiders to 3-4 and into a tie with Forest Lake for the lead of the lower division of the league standings.
Woodbury hosts SEC No. 2 Cretin-Derham Hall next Tuesday.
East Ridge saw its last decent hope of a first-year victory go by the boards on Wednesday in a 28-7 loss to visiting Roseville at The Nest.
The Raiders entered the game, like East Ridge, with an 0-6 record — yet promptly deposited 14 first half points on the board and never looked back en route to a three-score victory.
All the scoring the Raptors could muster was on a 35-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brandon Johnson to wide receiver Joe Dress in the second half.
Roseville opened the third quarter with a score and added one more in the fourth, all while holding East Ridge short of the endzone until the final horn signaled the Raptors fall to 0-7. The victory pulled the Raiders (1-6) out of the SEC cellar.
East Ridge closes out the regular season next Tuesday on the natural grass surface at Forest Lake.
A chance at a second victory went unfulfilled for the New Life football team as the Eagles fell at Royals Stadium, 10-6, to Lion's Gate/Bethany.
The visitors put up all the points they would need in the first quarter with a touchdown and a two-point conversion to take an 8-0 advantage.
That score would hold until the third quarter, when a six-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Karl Stenerson to receiver Cody Linton made the count 8-6. However, NLA's two-point attempt failed and that would be it for the Eagles scoring on the night.
Lion's Gate/Bethany recorded a third-quarter safety to push the tally to its final four-point spread.
The Eagles conclude their regular season next Tuesday at Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity.