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Woodbury football: Cretin had 'swagger we conceded to,' coach says

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Woodbury coach Andy Hill said last week he wanted to come out right away and punch Cretin-Derham Hall in the face.

But when his Royals matched up Friday against the undefeated Suburban East Conference leader, it was the Raiders who landed most of the blows in the 43-4 home loss.

Woodbury dropped to 4-3 on the season and in the SEC, while Cretin continued its unbeaten streak.

Royals coach Andy Hill said "way too many mistakes" led to the loss - just the problem he said last week he was looking to avoid.

"We've got a real good and dangerous team if we can eliminate mistakes," he said, questioning whether his Royals' mental toughness was present Friday.

Cretin claimed a 14-0 first-quarter lead off two big plays, including their very first play from scrimmage.

Woodbury quarterback Sawyer Moon was under seemingly constant pressure in the first quarter, as the Royals' offensive line struggled to find its footing against the powerful Raiders pass rush.

The Raiders' lead swelled to 21-0 in the second half, despite a strong Woodbury defensive stand that led to a red-zone fumble recovery. But starting off deep in its own territory, Woodbury was later forced to punt - giving Cretin good field position for the third touchdown.

Woodbury's only touchdown came later in the second quarter after a series of Raiders penalties helped put the Royals in the red zone. Junior running back Quran Al-Hameed scored, helping Woodbury narrow the gap at 21-7.

That was as close as Woodbury would come. Cretin expanded its lead to 28-7 by halftime off a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown.

Hill commended the play of his defense, which slowed the Cretin offensive machine for most of the second half.

The problem, he said, was that his players couldn't solve the intimidation factor.

"Until we believe that we can beat Cretin, we won't beat Cretin," he said. "They had a swagger that we conceded to."

Woodbury will look to rebound next week in the final regular season game on the road against Forest Lake.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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