RAHS welcomes Royals for week-three gridiron tilt

The Roseville Area High School football team returns home this week for its third game of the season against Woodbury. The Royals won last year’s match-up by two touchdowns and figured to have a strong team in 2016.

That was until Woodbury suffered a week-one upset.

Woodbury opened the season by hosting Eastview, a team that had lost 11-straight games dating back to the 2014 season. That losing streak is nothing but a memory for the Lightning, which surprised Woodbury 23-8.

Now a Woodbury team that appeared built to challenge for the district title seems more vulnerable. The Royals followed up the loss to Eastview with a trip to Cretin-Derham Hall, a team with a new coach looking to restore the program to its former glory. CDH went to state every year but one from 1990 to 2011 but hasn’t been back since 2011.

Awaiting Woodbury is a Roseville team that dropped its season opener to Burnsville but put up a much better fight than it did against the Blaze a year earlier. After getting shut out by Burnsville in last year’s season opener, the Raiders were in this year’s contest right down to the wire.

Burnsville, a state-tournament team a year ago, got all it could handle from Roseville. The Raiders took the opening kickoff and put together a 10-play, 73-yard drive that culminated with Luke Bouchart hitting Victor Yang for an eight-yard touchdown pass.

Burnsville responded with a scoring drive of its own in the first quarter but Roseville regained the lead late in the second quarter. Starting at their own 42, the Raiders marched 58 yards and scored with fewer than 20 seconds left in the first half.

The drive started with a 34-yard pass from Bouchart to Yang and ended when Elijah Rosalez hauled in a 17-yard pass that was tipped along the way. Bouchart then found Yang for the two-point conversion to give Roseville a 14-6 halftime lead.

Burnsville tied the game by scoring on the first drive of the second half but Roseville appeared poised to go right back in front after Joe Wright returned the ensuing kickoff to the Blaze 25. The Raiders were unable to capitalize, however, and turned the ball over on downs.

Burnsville’s next best chance to score came early in the fourth quarter when it advanced to the Roseville five-yard line. The Raiders kept Burnsville out of the end zone when it came up with a stop on fourth-and-inches.

Roseville mounted a promising drive on its next possession but Burnsville picked off Bouchart at the Blaze 37 with fewer than three minutes to play. Burnsville then won the game on a two-yard touchdown run with 27 seconds left in the game.

Following the Woodbury game, Roseville heads back out on the road to face Mounds View on Sept. 23 before returning to Roseville Stadium for homecoming on Sept. 30 against Forest Lake.

Roseville visited Stillwater on Sept. 9. Results of the games from week two were not available for this edition of the Review.

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

 

 

East Metro Blue District standings (Through week one)

Dist. Overall

Cretin-Derham Hall 0-0 1-0

Mounds View 0-0 1-0

Stillwater 0-0 1-0

East Ridge 0-0 0-1

Forest Lake 0-0 0-1

Roseville 0-0 0-1

White Bear Lake 0-0 0-1

Woodbury 0-0 0-1

 

East Metro Blue District week three schedule

Cretin-Derham Hall at Stillwater

East Ridge at White Bear Lake

Mounds View at Forest Lake

Woodbury at Roseville

 

East Metro Blue District  week one results

Apple Valley 37, Forest Lake 3

Burnsville 20, Roseville 14

Cretin-Derham Hall 19, Lakeville South 14

Eastview 23, Woodbury 8

Lakeville North 24, East Ridge 23

Mounds View 40, Farmington 26

Rosemount 31, White Bear Lake 14

Stillwater 36, Eagan 7

 

 

 

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