Football: Royals win big on homecoming

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Before Friday, every game the Woodbury football team played this season had a final margin of seven points or less.

But that changed in a big way during Friday’s homecoming game at Woodbury High School. The Royals’ defense shut out White Bear Lake, and the offense limited its mistakes in a 33-0 victory.

“That was the first time on defense we put a full game together,” said defensive end David Alston, who earlier Friday announced his commitment to Nebraska. “It was really satisfying to see what we can do when we put all four quarters together and play a full game.”

The Royals scored their first 13 points in the second quarter before pulling away with a big second half. Andrew Kraemer scored two touchdowns Friday, including a 38-yard run in the third quarter.

Drew Pearson, Chase Robinson and Cody Koeplin also scored touchdowns in the victory.

After turning the ball over six times last week in a win at Anoka, Woodbury’s first-team offense only turned the ball over one time against the Bears.

“Our offense started to figure somethings out tonight, which was good,” head coach Andy Hill said. “Guys stepped up and made plays. I can’t say enough about how well our defense is playing right now.”

Woodbury lost its first four games of the season heading into a Sept. 29 game at Anoka. But the Royals won the game at Anoka, followed by Friday’s victory against White Bear Lake.

“We’re still a young team on offense,” Hill said. “We’ve got a lot of stuff that we can continue to try to build on and improve each week. So we’ll watch some film and try to do that.”

Next week Woodbury will travel to East Ridge to play the crosstown rival Raptors. The Royals will then wrap up the season with a home game against Stillwater on Oct. 18.