Game of the Week: Woodbury Homecoming football gameThis week, the Woodbury football team helps carry on a tradition that dates back over 100 years.
By: Patrick Johnson, sports editor, Woodbury Bulletin
GAME OF THE WEEK
Who: Woodbury vs. White Bear Lake football
What: Woodbury Homecoming football game
Where: Woodbury High School
When: Friday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m.
This week, the Woodbury football team helps carry on a tradition that dates back over 100 years.
The University of Missouri is believed to be the origin of the Homecoming tradition, dating back to 1891.
Widely recognized as the welcoming back of former residents and alumni, Homecoming is a tradition at high schools, colleges and universities around the nation. The annual celebrations often include parades, pep rallies, the coronation of a Homecoming king and queen and a dance.
This week, Woodbury High School continues its Homecoming tradition when it welcomes Suburban East Conference foe White Bear Lake to Royals Stadium on Friday.
Woodbury (2-2; 2-2 SEC) should be mighty motivated in the game after losing to rival East Ridge by two points last week. But, White Bear Lake is no slouch. The Bears are 3-1 this year and beat the Royals 24-21 in White Bear Lake last year on the way to a 7-3 season.
Woodbury fields the No. 1 offense in the SEC. The Royals are averaging 395.8 yards per game. The Royals defense isn’t too bad either, allowing 273.5 yards per game, which ranks third in the conference.
Woodbury is led by senior quarterback Sawyer Moon and senior running back Quran Al-Hameed. Moon is third in the conference in passing yards, with 855, to go along with six touchdowns. Al-Hameed is second in the SEC in rushing yards with 613 and leads the conference in scoring with 11 touchdowns.
The Bears, seventh in the league in total offense and eighth in total yards allowed, are led by running back Nick Truen, who has 424 yards and eight touchdowns and quarterback Trey Anderson, who has 556 yards passing and four touchdowns.
Other players to keep an eye on Woodbury are senior receivers Tucker Benjamin and Quinten Strub and seniors Abiola Abodunde, Ryan Winter and Geno DeMike, who anchor the Royals’ defense.
The Homecoming game will also feature an honoring of the first Woodbury High School Hall of Fame class.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.