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Woodbury finds success in little used play to beat Rosemount

By Blaze Fugina, SportsEngine, 11/05/21, 6:00PM CDT


The Royals scored 20 unanswered points to beat the Irish on Friday, using the Wildcat formation, a play the Royals hadn't used in a game all season..

Woorbury senior Joey Gerlach (6) barrels towards the goal line Friday night for his second of two touchdowns in a 20-3 win over Rosemount. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

The postseason offers a great opportunity to empty the playbook for high school teams looking to keep a season alive.

Facing Rosemount and a stiff wind Friday, Woodbury's offense opened up a new look in a 20-3 win in the second round of the Class 6A state tournament. Running the wildcat for the first time in a game, the Royals scored the game's only two touchdowns on a challenging night to run an offense.

Royals kicker Scott Hanson (12) watches as his 47-yard field goal splits the uprights Friday night. Hanson made two key field goals in the victory. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

First Report

Joey Gerlach and the Woodbury offense overcame both the wind and opposing Rosemount in a 20-3 win vs. Rosemount in the second round of the Class 6A state tournament.

Gerlach scored two touchdowns out of the Wildcat formation for host Woodbury, No.8-6A, as breezy conditions hindered both team’s passing offenses.

Trailing 3-0, a fumble recovery by Woodbury’s Ugonna Okeke returned into Rosemount territory helped set up a Gerlach 6-yard touchdown run. The fumble recovery was one of three turnovers for Woodbury (9-1).

Gerlach added a two-yard touchdown run in the second half, putting the Royals ahead 17-3 with 4:48 left in the third quarter.

Field goals were also plentiful with a strong wind. Woodbury’s Scott Hanson completed field goals of 40 and 47 yards, while Rosemount (5-5) kicker Leyton Simmering drilled one of 48 yards.

Rosemount starting quarterback Vincent Pyne (8) called his own number for a run against a strong Royals defense on Nov. 5. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

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