State berth on the line Friday at Roseville Stadium

Brian Meyers
sports writer

Prior to last Friday’s game, the Roseville Area High School football team hadn’t been the favorite in a post-season game in seven years. If there was any added pressure by the increased expectations, the Raiders didn’t let it get to them.

Roseville, hosting a playoff game for the first time since 2006, blitzed Woodbury 49-6 in a Section 4-6A contest. The victory moves the Raiders to within a game of the state tournament for the first time in five years.

Roseville (7-2) hosts Lakeville South (6-3) at 7 p.m. on Friday in the Section 3 vs. 4 crossover round. The winner advances to the state tournament.

The Raiders are trying to get to state for the first time since 2006 and is in a section final for the first time since 2008. Lakeville South, which opened in 2005, has been to the state tournament four times but not since 2010. The Panthers, members of the South Suburban Conference, were the No. 3 seed in Section 3-6A and edged sixth-seeded Eagan 10-0 last week.

Roseville had a lot less trouble with Woodbury, which lost to the Raiders 48-7 in week four of the regular season and fared even worse last week. Like it did in the first meeting, Roseville scored early and often to take the mystery out of the game quickly on Friday.

The Raiders had the first possession of the game and marched right down the field for the opening touchdown. Senior quarterback Jacques Perra scored on a 28-yard run and the rout was on.

Roseville added three more first-quarter touchdowns as Matthew Peckham scored on a 2-yard run to make it 14-0. The Raiders then scored twice in the final minute of the quarter as Perra hit Andrew Colvard for a 9-yard touchdown pass and, following an interception by Tommy Hvidhyld, Perra hooked up with Sebastian Yang for a 55-yard touchdown pass play.

The scoring slowed a bit for the Raiders as they scored just once in the second quarter on Tommy Arcand’s 3-yard run. In the third, Perra threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jesper Horsted and Riley McCann added a 17-yard touchdown run.

Woodbury avoided the shutout by scoring on a 27-yard pass play in the final minute of the game.

Roseville finished with 464 yards of total offense with 239 of it coming through the air from Perra, who threw only three incompletions in 17 attempts. Colvard and Horsted caught four passes each for 52 and 59 yards, respectively. Peckham led the ground attack with 74 yards on eight carries while Perra added 69 yards on five rushes.

In the other Section 4-6A games, top-seeded East Ridge had no trouble with Forest Lake, which suffered its 22nd consecutive loss in the 54-14 blowout. Third-seeded Cretin-Derham Hall avenged an earlier loss to Stillwater by drilling the Ponies 41-0. The loss was the Ponies’ sixth in a row after they started the season 3-0. The only upset in Section 4-6A last week happened at White Bear Lake as the fifth-seeded Mustangs knocked off the fourth-seeded Bears 14-13 in overtime. Trailing 13-6, Mounds View scored a touchdown in its overtime possession and then won the game with a successful two-point conversion. It was the second consecutive year the Bears lost a home playoff game as the No. 4 seed following Roseville’s 21-14 upset in 2012.

East Ridge is at home again this week, hosting Eastview. Cretin-Derham Hall and Mounds View head out on the road for playoff games against Lakeville North and Rosemount, respectively.

Concordia Academy

The Tri-Metro Conference was no match for the Central Minnesota Conference on Saturday. Concordia Academy and St. Agnes were the higher seeds in their respective Section 4AA playoff games against foes from the Central Minnesota Conference but the visiting teams pulled off upsets.

Second-seeded Concordia dropped a 27-21 decision to third-seeded Maple Lake while fourth-seeded Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted eliminated St. Agnes 23-20.

Maple Lake and HLWW meet in the section final on Thursday at 7 p.m. at St. Cloud State University. Maple Lake is in the section final for the fifth consecutive year and looking to qualify for state for third time in that stretch.

Concordia fell behind early against Maple Lake and its second-half comeback bid came up short. The Irish jumped out to a 20-0 lead early in the second quarter before Concordia broke through for its first score. Austin Moldenhauer got the Beacons on the board with a 1-yard touchdown run.

Maple Lake restored its three-score lead with a touchdown right before halftime.

In the second half, only Concordia Academy put points on the board but it wasn’t enough to avert the upset. Moldenhauer hit Conrad Kramer for a 12-yard touchdown to open the second half scoring and the Beacons made it a one-possession game later in the third on Roger Moore’s 8-yard touchdown run.

The Beacons (4-6) were within six points but were unable to drive for the game-winning points.

This is the third consecutive season that Concordia has gone 1-1 in the post-season.

The Beacons opened the playoffs on Oct. 22 with a 47-13 thumping of St. Paul Humboldt. The seventh-seeded Hawks held an early one-point lead but Concordia quickly rectified that situation and pulled away not long after that.

Concordia opened the scoring on a 4-yard touchdown run by Isaac Hernandez but the extra-point try failed. Humboldt answered with a 65-yard touchdown and a successful PAT to take a 7-6 lead. The Beacons wasted little time regaining control. Moore scored a pair of rushing touchdowns, a 2-yarder and a 24-yarder, to put Concordia in front to stay.

Concordia added three more scores in the second quarter to take a 41-7 lead to the locker room at halftime. Moldenhauer threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to Eric Young to start the second-quarter scoring. Moore added his third TD of the game later in the second when he busted off a 42-yard run and Moldenhauer closed out the first-half scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run.

The second half was much easier for the scoreboard operator as the scoring dropped off dramatically. Concordia scored a third-quarter touchdown on Berhane Hanson’s 26-yard run and St. Paul Humboldt added a fourth-quarter garbage-time score on a 5-yard run.

In addition to the three touchdowns, Moore also put his mark on the game with 206 yards on 16 carries. Humboldt entered the game having lost seven in a row following a week-one victory over Minneapolis Edison. The Hawks, who haven’t won a playoff game since 2010, finished the season 1-8.

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Area Sports Schedule
Class 6A football playoffs
Second round, Friday, 7 p.m.

Mounds View at Rosemount
Cretin-Derham Hall at Lakeville North
Eastview at East Ridge
Lakeville South at Roseville
Minnetonka at Maple Grove
Prior Lake at Osseo
Centennial at Eden Prairie
Totino-Grace at Wayzata

Section 4AA football playoffs

St. Agnes 25, Minneapolis Edison 7
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 26, Brooklyn Center 22
Maple Lake 39, Spectrum 0
Concordia Academy 47, St. Paul Humboldt 13

Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 23, St. Agnes 20
Maple Lake 27, Concordia Academy 21

Championship game, Oct. 31, 7 p.m. at Husky Stadium (St. Cloud State University)
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted vs. Maple Lake

 Section 4AAA volleyball playoffs
Semifinals, Oct. 29 at North St. Paul

Match 9 -  Cretin-Derham Hall vs. Roseville, 6 p.m.
Match 10 -  Stillwater vs. North St. Paul, 8 p.m.

Championship, Oct. 31, 7 p.m. at St. Paul Washington
Match 11 vs Match 9 winner vs. Match 10 winner

Semifinals, Oct. 29, 7 p.m.
Match 13 -  Minnehaha Academy at St. Croix Lutheran
Match 14 -  Concordia Academy at Hill-Murray

Championship, Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m. at Bloomington Kennedy High School
Match 15 -  Match 13 winner vs. Match 14 winner

Section 4AA cross country meet
Team scores

1 -  Stillwater            24
2 -  White Bear Lake            92
3 -  Cretin-Derham Hall        119
4 -  St. Paul Highland Park        136
5 -  Woodbury            138
6 -  East Ridge            151
7 -  Roseville            192
8 -  St. Paul Central            233
9 -  Mahtomedi            239
10 -  Tarta            269
11 -  St. Paul Harding        313
12 -  North St. Paul            327
13 -  St. Paul Como Park        340
14 -  Washington Magnet        449

1 -  East Ridge            51
2 -  Roseville            88
3 -  White Bear Lake            102
4 -  Stillwater            138
5 -  St. Paul Highland Park        152
6 -  North St. Paul            171
7 -  Woodbury            176
8 -  Tartan            223
9 -  Mahtomedi            226
10 -  Hill-Murray            242
11 -  St. Paul Como Park        306
12 -  St. Paul Central        334
13 -  Cretin-Derham Hall        340


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