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Roseville scores 20 second-quarter points, pushes Woodbury aside

By Adam Holt, SportsEngine, 09/06/18, 11:30PM CDT

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The Raiders defense was opportunistic, forcing four turnovers and holding the Royals defense to 28 yards rushing.

Roseville running back Anthony Weldon turns the corner on his way towards a 78-yard touchdown during the Raiders' explosive second quarter. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

Roseville running back Anthony Weldon turns the corner on his way towards a 78-yard touchdown during the Raiders' explosive second quarter. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

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.

Roseville's offense meets during a timeout in the second half of Friday's game at Woodbury. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportEngine

Roseville running back Anthony Weldon turns the corner on his way towards a 78-yard touchdown during the Raiders' explosive 20-point second quarter. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

First Report

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.


Woodbury sophomore Isaiah Walters (20) knocks away a deep pass attempt during play Sept. 7 at Woodbury. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

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