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Football: Woodbury wins Metro East sub district title, East Ridge finishes regular season with win

Drew Pearson jumps up to catch the ball as he records a first-down for Woodbury. The Royals defeated Stillwater on Wednesday night 33-7 to claim its first SEC title in program history. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 3
Brock Rinehart ran in for two touchdowns on Wednesday night as Woodbury defeated Stillwater 33-7 and won its first SEC title. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 3
Simon Stark for East Ridge scored a touchdown for the Raptors against Centennial on Wednesday night. East Ridge defeated Centennial 30-26 to end the regular season. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 3 / 3

Woodbury 33, Stillwater 7

The Royals had control of their own destiny heading into Wednesday night. With a win over Stillwater, Woodbury would be the sole winners of the Metro East sub district for the first time in program history.

The Royals did exactly that and defeated the Ponies 33-7 to win the Metro East sub district title and finish the regular season with a 7-1 record and a 5-1 conference record.

"We never gave up this season," said senior defensive lineman Raphael Orubo. "That hard work paid off with this conference title."

Woodbury carried the momentum from last week's win over East Ridge into Wednesday's game against Stillwater as the Royals scored 33 unanswered points to start the game.

The first quarter started with a 5-yard rushing touchdown by Brock Rinehart to make it a 7-0 game. Then, Charlie Wilson ran in a 9-yard touchdown to give the Royals a 14-0 lead heading into the second quarter.

In the second quarter, Zach Ames found Zach Anderson in the end zone on a 24-yard touchdown to make it a 20-0 lead for Woodbury heading into the half.

The Royals continued to score in the third quarter as Rinehart ran in for a 36-yard touchdown to make it a 27-0 game. Besides keeping Stillwater at zero points at this moment of the game, the Woodbury defense also scored a touchdown as Kaiser Sund returned an interception for a touchdown to give the Royals a 33-0 lead.

Stillwater scored once in the third quarter to make it a 33-7 lead, but the Royals defense shut the Ponies down in the fourth quarter to make the final score 33-7.

The win and the sub district title will give Woodbury a good seed heading into the section tournament next week to begin the playoffs.

"These players deserve this title and I'm so happy for each and every coach and player on this team," said head coach Andy Hill. "Now, we need to carry this into the playoffs to continue our season."

East Ridge 30, Centennial 26

The Raptors went into the half trailing 26-7, but came back firing in the second half to score 23 unanswered points to win their final regular season game 30-26.

East Ridge scored first in the game as Jack Mohler ran in for a 9-yard touchdown to make it a 7-0 Raptor lead. Then, Centennial went on a scoring streak and had 26 unanswered points to extend the lead to 26-7.

After the half was over, East Ridge came back in the third quarter and found the end zone once. The touchdown was a 28-yard pass from Zach Zebrowski to Cameron Ashford to make the deficit 26-14 heading into the fourth and final quarter.

East Ridge found its confidence in the fourth and scored with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Zebrowski to Simon Stark to make it a 26-21 game. Then, the Raptor defense recorded a safety to make it a 26-23 game.

Finally, with a little over two minutes left in the fourth quarter, Zebrowski found Alex Larson in the end zone for a 21-yard touchdown. That touchdown allowed the Raptors to take a 30-26 lead over Centennial.

The defense was able to shut out Centennial for the last couple of minutes and East Ridge ended the regular season with a win. That win improved the Raptors record to 5-3 on the season and 4-2 in the conference.

East Ridge will wait on Thursday to determine the district playoffs brackets as the Raptors play next week to start the playoffs.

St. Paul Highland Park 44, Academy Force 8

The Academy Force weren't able to capture the win on Wednesday night as the team fell 44-8 against St. Paul Highland Park.

The loss ends Academy Force's regular season with an overall record of 0-8 and a conference record of 0-4.

Academy Force will play on Tuesday, Oct. 23 in the opening round of the section playoffs.

Brian Mozey

I am the sports writer for the Woodbury Bulletin and South Washington County Bulletin. I'm a graduate from the Greenlee School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Iowa State University and have always had a passion for sports since a young age. Whether it was watching or playing sports, I always knew sports would be in my career. I've been born and raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis and look forward to continuing to learn more about the Woodbury and Cottage Grove area throughout my time in this position. 

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