Home schedule looks promising for Raiders football

The home crowd didn’t have much to cheer during last year’s Roseville Area High School football season as the Raiders went 0-4 in home games. That has already changed in 2016 and there’s a good chance the Raiders could get on a roll at home.

Roseville picked up its first win of the season, and its first win on home turf since week six of 2014, in its week-three home game against Woodbury. It faces two more winnable games at home — the first of those games is Friday, Sept. 30, when Forest Lake visits for Roseville’s homecoming.

Forest Lake was 1-2 through the first three weeks of the season and that victory was noteworthy because it snapped the Rangers’ 41-game losing streak that dated back to 2011. Forest Lake ended the streak by taking down White Bear Lake 20-14 in week two.

There was no winning streak for Forest Lake, however, as the Rangers then lost 41-13 to Mounds View in week three. Forest Lake played at Woodbury last week, past the deadline for this edition of the Review.

Roseville’s other remaining home game is in week eight against White Bear Lake, which began the season 0-3. In between Forest Lake and White Bear Lake, the Raiders face tough road tests at Cretin-Derham Hall and East Ridge.

Roseville headed into its week-four match-up at Mounds View, which was played after the deadline for this edition of the Review, fresh off an impressive win over Woodbury. The offense and defense both came up with two touchdowns in the 28-6 win.

Junior linebacker Mikel Martin led Roseville with 12 points as he opened the scoring with a 63-yard interception return for a touchdown and closed out the scoring with a 30-yard fumble return for a touchdown.

In between, Roseville’s offense put up a couple of scores after being shut out in week two against Stillwater. Junior quarterback Luke Bouchart hit senior wideout Levi Brown for a 19-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter and junior Victor Yang ran for the two-point conversion.

Roseville appeared poised to take a 14-point lead to the locker room at halftime but Woodbury had other ideas. With less than a minute to go in the first half, the Royals went 65 yards in four plays and scored with 21 seconds left.

Despite giving up the late score, Roseville didn’t allow Woodbury to carry that momentum into the second half. The Raiders forced the Royals to punt on their first two third-quarter possessions and stopped them on downs in the third.

Martin came up with another big play to help Roseville turn Woodbury over on downs. Facing fourth down and five yards to go in Roseville territory, the Royals skipped the punt and went for the first down. Martin came up with the quarterback sack, one of his two in the game, to give the Raiders’ offense the ball in good field position.

Roseville made the most of the opportunity as Yang scored on a two-yard run around the left end to make it 21-6.

Roseville’s defense continued to make things miserable for Woodbury when senior Tamir Beeler picked off a Woodbury pass. The Raiders weren’t able to convert the turnover into points but Martin did later in the fourth quarter on the fumble recovery.

Woodbury made one last drive into Roseville territory but once again the defense stiffened at the right time and prevented any more points. This time is was an interception by junior Max Sandin that snuffed out the Royals’ threat.

Offensively, Roseville didn t roll up the yards but was efficient enough. Bouchart completed seven of 18 passes for 78 yards. Brown caught three balls for 42 yards and Yang made three catches for 26 yards.

In the running game, Yang carried the ball a dozen times for 50 yards, Anthony Weber added 27 yards on three carries and Elijah Rosalez gained 23 yards on three tries.

Overall, Roseville amassed 204 yards.

The defense was the main catalyst in the victory. In addition to the four forced turnovers, Roseville held Woodbury to under 181 yards, including only 54 on the ground.

 

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

 

 

East Metro Blue District
week five schedule

Cretin-Derham Hall at East Ridge

Forest Lake at Roseville

Stillwater at Woodbury

White Bear Lake at Mounds View

 

East Metro Blue District
week three results

Cretin-Derham Hall 42, Stillwater 21

East Ridge 31, White Bear Lake 0

Mounds View 41, Forest Lake 13

Roseville 28, Woodbury 6

 

 

East Metro Blue District standings
(Through week two)

 

CretinDerham Hall 
East Ridge 
Forest Lake 
Mounds View 
Roseville
Stillwater  
White Bear Lake 
Woodbury

Dist. 

2-0
2-0
1-1
1-1
1-1
1-1
0-2
0-2

Overall

3-0
2-1
1-2
2-1
1-2
2-1
0-3
0-3

Games behind

-
-
1
1
1
1
2
2

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