Few things pump up a team like seeing a lineman score a touchdown.
So when that happened for Roseville in a 27-7 Metro East subdistrict win at Woodbury Friday, it was all the Raiders needed to continue their early season defensive dominance.
Through two games, Roseville’s defense has yet to back down. The Raiders went on the road and stymied Woodbury, a Metro East subdistrict opponent, to win 27-7 Friday night.
The Raiders allowed just seven points in their opener against Anoka, and followed that with another stifling effort against the Royals. Roseville (2-0, 1-0) forced two turnovers and held Woodbury (1-1, 0-1) to 28 rushing yards after they ran for nearly 350 yards in Week 1.
Roseville scored 20 points in the second quarter. The Raiders finished a long drive with a 1-yard run by defensive lineman Christen Hurt, who lined up as a fullback and took a handoff with 11:56 to play in the quarter. Zeb Kauth intercepted Woodbury’s Jake Wenzel for a 6-yard touchdown with 6:45 to play in the second, and Anthony Weldon took a jet sweep around the left end for a 72-yard touchdown run with 43 seconds remaining before halftime, giving the Raiders a 20-0 halftime lead.
In the second half, a stout defensive stand and good punt return set up Woodbury’s first touchdown, which was capped by a 2-yard run by Drew Pearson. The Royals were within 20-7 with 9:22 to play in the fourth quarter.
Woodbury’s Jenaro Wathum-Ocama intercepted his second pass of the year in the second quarter, and Pearson finished with six catches for 60 yards and three carries for 6 yards and a touchdown.
Wenzel was 13 of 28 passing for 123 yards and three interceptions.
Roseville’s Brendan McMillan had 24 rushes for 91 yards and a touchdown. Weldon had three carries for 80 yards and a touchdown, as well as an interception and a fumble recovery on defense.
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