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Woodbury football: Perra, Raiders rip Royals 48-7

Woodbury quarterback Brady Mundahl rolls out for a pass Friday against Roseville in Roseville. The Royals lost 48-7.1 / 3
Woodbury running back John McNiff rushes for extra yards Friday against Roseville in Roseville. McNiff had 42 yards rushing in a 48-7 loss.2 / 3
Woodbury's Brian Norlander (No. 8) and Zach Dean combine for a tackle on Roseville's Tommy Arcand Friday in Roseville. The Raiders rolled to a 48-7 victory in their homecoming game.3 / 3

Roseville left Woodbury shell-shocked Friday after a barrage of long scoring plays en route to a 48-7 thrashing of the Royals on the Raiders' Homecoming night in Roseville.

Five of Roseville’s seven touchdowns came on plays longer than 30 yards, including an 82-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter to open the scoring.

Raiders senior quarterback Jacques Perra completed 12 of 19 passes for 250 yards and five touchdowns in the victory. Perra continually found open receivers and often for big plays. Perra had touchdown throws of 82, 10, 32, 9 and 42 yards in the rout.

“We said all week the kid throws the best fade in the conference and we witnessed that,” Woodbury head coach Andy Hill said.

Roseville capitalized on several Royals mistakes and built a 28-0 lead in the first quarter. Perra threw three touchdowns in the first quarter and Joh Farmer returned an interception 33 yards for a touchdown.

Twelve minutes into the game the Raiders (3-1, 3-1 SEC) had put the game out of reach for Woodbury (1-3, 1-3 SEC) which suffered its second consecutive blowout loss after losing to East Ridge 49-12 the previous week.

“It was very frustrating because we had an excellent week of practice,” Hill said. “We had high energy, high execution at practice. We came out here and nobody would know it.”

The Royals struggled mightily on offense and had two turnovers. Junior quarterback Brady Mundahl completed 5 of18 passes for 54 yards and led the team with 72 yards rushing on nine carries, including a 37-yard touchdown in the second quarter that made the game 41-7.

Things started well for Woodbury after a lengthy kick return gave the Royals the ball at Roseville’s 32-yard line. Woodbury drove to the Raiders’ 15-yard line before losing two yards on a third-and-7 and throwing an incomplete pass on fourth down.

It took one play for Roseville to score when Perra found Jesper Horsted for an 82-yard touchdown. Horsted finished with three receptions for 124 yards and three touchdowns. Tommy Arcand caught two passes for 55 yards and a touchdown. Jorden Gannon had two receptions for 26 yards and a touchdown.

The Raiders scored touchdowns on five of their first six possessions of the first half and it didn’t get better in the second half for the Royals.

Woodbury attempted an onside kick to start the second half, which Roseville’s Nahjai Brown scooped up and ran untouched 48 yards to put the Raiders up 48-7.

On the ensuing kickoff the Royals fumbled and Roseville recovered at the Royals’ 29-yard line. The drive stalled, but Woodbury continued to struggle.

After starting out at their own 12-yard line, the Royals reached their own 46-yard line before losing another fumble.

“When there were opportunities to make plays happen we didn’t make them and they did and that was the big difference maker,” Hill said.

John McNiff had 42 yards rushing for Woodbury and Donnell Rodgers added 37 as the team finished with 171 yards rushing.

The Royals face Forest Lake Friday in Woodbury.

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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