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Fearless backup QB, second-half opening kick return propel Woodbury past White Bear Lake

By DAVID LA VAQUE, Star Tribune, 10/05/18, 9:30PM CDT


Clutch play by scout-team quarterback Charlie Wilson and a 94-yard touchdown return by Andrew Kraemer broke a halftime tie as the Royals cruised to a 33-15 victory.

Woodbury running back Andrew Kraemer (4) sprinted around the White Bear Lake defense as he ran the ball in for a touchdown in the first half. Photo: Anthony Souffle * anthony.souffle@startribune.com

Woodbury sports teams are nicknamed the Royals and feature a lion as a mascot.

Gathered around coach Andy Hill after his footbal team’s 33-15 victory Friday at White Bear Lake, those young lions roared at Hill’s mention of quarterback Charlie Wilson.

A lower-body injury suffered by starter Jake Wenzel on the second offensive series meant turning to Wilson, a varsity wide receiver who quarterbacks the scout team in practice. But Wilson inspired Woodbury (5-1) to victory with a calm demeanor that belied a fierce running style.

“It took him about a series but then he got into it,” Hill said. “He’s fearless. That’s what I love about him.”

Tied 7-7 at halftime, the teams went different directions in the third quarter, a separation that owed to special teams plays.

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