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Football: Royals overcome turnovers to win at Anoka

It was not a perfect game, but the Woodbury football team made enough plays in the fourth quarter to win its first game of the season at Anoka on Friday.

The Royals overcame six turnovers in the victory. Trailing in the fourth quarter, Ryan Christensen threw an eight-yard touchdown pass to Zach Ames to give Woodbury a 10-6 lead with 4:39 left in the game.

"It was a good drive. We converted on a fourth and five for probably a 40-yard gain," head coach Andy Hill said. "And then we were able to punch it in from there."

David Alston intercepted a pass with less than two minutes left to all but finish the game. Anoka got the ball back with about a second left, but it was not able to score on the last play hail mary.

Woodbury's defense played well enough to overcome turnovers and only allow just two field goals. Many of those turnovers gave Anoka's offense the ball inside Woodbury territory.

"Our defense played really, really well," Hill said, adding that they held Anoka to 185 yards of total offense.

Cade Keesling also kicked a 38-yard field goal for Woodbury in the first quarter.

Woodbury improved to 1-4 on the season with the road victory. The Royals are scheduled to return home on Friday, Oct. 6 to face White Bear Lake.

Blaze Fugina

Blaze Fugina is the sports editor of the Woodbury and South Washington County Bulletin newspapers. Previously, Blaze worked as a sports editor for the Pierce County Herald and a sports reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.

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