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Woodbury football: Royals routed by Mounds View

Senior Woodbury running back is hauled down Thursday in the Royals' 36-7 home loss to Mounds View. (Staff photo by Mike Longaecker)1 / 3
Woodbury junior defensive tackle Zack Dean brings down Mounds View's Joe Janey in the Week 1 game at Royals Stadium. (Staff photo by Mike Longaecker)2 / 3
Woodbury quarterback Brady Mundahl and the Royals travel next week to Roseville for the team's second Suburban East Conference game of the season. (Staff photo by Mike Longaecker)3 / 3

A potent Mounds View offense hit on all cylinders early Thursday in its Week 1 game, earning a dominant 36-7 road win against Woodbury.

The Mustangs built a mighty 27-point first-half lead and never looked back against a young Royals squad that head coach Andy Hill said didn’t exude the necessary confidence required to compete with Mounds View – slated to be among the top teams in the Suburban East Conference.

“They came out and handed it to us,” Hill said after the game. “They’re a very difficult team to start out with.”

After jumping out to quick 7-0 lead, the Mustangs capitalized on a blocked first-quarter punt, then punched in another score, thanks to the shortened field.

Woodbury responded with an impressive drive into Mounds View’s red zone, but ended the first quarter turning the ball over on downs at the Mustangs’ 16 yard line.

The Mustangs responded with a commanding second-quarter drive with plays comprising three consecutive gains of at least 20 yards, once again putting Mounds View on the doorstep of Woodbury’s end zone. The Mustangs went up by another score on a 13-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Joe Fredrickson and led 20-0 after the ensuing point-after failed.

Mounds View’s fourth touchdown of the half came after the Royals opted to punt, setting up a Mustangs drive that ended with another Fredrickson touchdown pass from six yards out.

The Royals made notable strides in the second half, where they earned big defensive stops against the powerful Mounds View offense.

After being bottled up for much of the first half, senior running back Donnell Rodgers put together a series of long runs paired with receptions from junior quarterback Brady Mundahl.

Individual statistics were not immediately available.

Down 36-0 with just over four seconds left in the game, Woodbury finally got on the board with a 38-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Sam Olson to sophomore receiver Gus Newman.

After the game, Hill told his players that in spite of the struggles they faced, the progress he saw in the second half should provide hope as the team prepares for Week 2 against Roseville.

“There’s a lot of learning to be done,” he said. “They didn’t quit and I think we can build off that.”

If the Royals are to compete with Roseville, it will mean trying to contain standout receiver Jesper Horsted. Hill called Horsted a legitimate Division I talent and worthy of playing in the Big 10.

“That he doesn’t have a big Division I offer is a joke,” Hill said. “We’ve got to defend him.”

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is a regional/enterprise reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage includes St. Croix County government, higher education and state politics in Wisconsin. 

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