Raiders, Beacons hunting for momentum as post-season looms

The leaves have barely begun to change in the metro area yet the end of the high school football regular season is already upon us. Here's a look at where Roseville Area High School and Concordia Academy sit heading into week eight.

Roseville

The Raiders hit the road to face White Bear Lake in the regular-season finale on Friday. Both teams sport identical records and a win for one should catapult it past the other in the seedings for the upcoming Class 6A playoffs.

The Raiders and Bears head into week eight fresh off drubbings at the hands of upper-division foes last week. Roseville hosted sixth-ranked East Ridge and lost 41-13 while White Bear Lake traveled to surging Stillwater and lost 40-6.

Another thing that both teams have in common is that they both beat the same team for their only victories of the season. White Bear Lake thumped Forest Lake 43-23 in week two while Roseville edged the Rangers 22-15 in week five.

Since its win over Forest Lake, the Bears have lost five in a row by an average of 18 points. Roseville followed up its win over Forest Lake by losing by one point to Cretin-Derham Hall and by 28 to East Ridge.

If recent history is any kind of barometer, Roseville doesn't stand much of a chance on Friday. The Raiders haven't beaten the Bears in the regular season in more than 10 years.

However, if the coaching staff can brainwash the Raiders into thinking this game is a playoff contest, Roseville probably has a pretty good shot. Since 2006, Roseville is 4-1 against White Bear in the post-season.

Roseville's most-recent win over the Bears was a 21-14 triumph in the first round in 2012. The Raiders also topped White Bear Lake in the section playoffs in 2009, 2008 and 2006.

Friday's game could come down to whether Roseville can get its offense in gear and take advantage of a leaky White Bear Lake defense. The Raiders have the lowest scoring average in East Metro Blue sub-district while White Bear Lake’s defense ranks second to last in points surrendered.

Roseville has reached the 20-point mark only twice this season. The Raiders beat Forest Lake 22-15 and lost 28-27 to Cretin-Derham Hall. White Bear Lake has given up 23 or more points in a game in its last six contests.

Against East Ridge, Roseville gave up 20 points in the second quarter and saw a seven-point deficit at the end of the first quarter balloon to a nearly insurmountable 27 at halftime.

Roseville's lone first-half score came on a nine-yard run by Devin Dykes and it tied the score at 7-7 in the first quarter. The Raptors answered with five straight touchdowns before Roseville closed out the scoring on Luke Bouchart's one-yard touchdown run with a minute left in the fourth quarter. It was Bouchart’s first varsity touchdown.

The loss dropped Roseville to 1-6 overall and 1-5 in the East Metro Blue.

Concordia Academy

The Beacons, who are a Class AA team, wrap up the regular season with their third consecutive game against a Class AAAA foe. Concordia travels to the east side of St. Paul to take on St. Paul Johnson at Bakken Field, which is located at St. Paul Harding High School.

Concordia Academy is 0-2 against 4A teams after losing 42-40 to Columbia Heights two weeks ago and 58-14 to Mound Westonka last week. Mound Westonka, unbeaten and ranked eighth in the state last week, is one of the surprises in Minnesota prep football this year. The White Hawks haven't finished the regular season with a winning record since 1980.

Concordia can't finish with a winning record but a victory this week would give the Beacons a nice boost heading into the playoffs. Despite having only two wins so far, Concordia Academy enters this week third in the Section 4AA QRF rankings and a win over a 4A team would possibly bump it up further.

St. Paul Johnson enters Thursday's game also with two victories, including a 32-6 win over Minneapolis South last week.

Concordia hasn't won since taking down Breck in week two. Since then, the Beacons have lost to the best team in Section 4AA, two Class AAA teams and two teams from Class AAAA.

Last week, the Beacons experienced the buzzsaw that is Mound Westonka, which scored six touchdowns in the first half.

Concordia scored its two touchdowns in a wild second quarter that saw the two teams combine for 42 points. The Beacons scored on touchdown runs of 67 yards by Cooper Wood and 77 yards by Jason Kubicek.

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


East Metro Blue sub-district standings
  Sub. Overall
East Ridge 6-0 6-1
Woodbury 5-1 6-1
Cretin-Derham Hall 4-2 5-2
Stillwater 4-2 4-3
Mounds View 3-3 4-3
Roseville 1-5 1-6
White Bear Lake 1-5 1-6
Forest Lake 0-6 0-7

2015 Roseville Area High School football results/schedule

Aug. 22    Burnsville 29, Roseville 0
Aug. 28    Stillwater 17, Roseville 7
Sept. 3    Woodbury 23, Roseville 9
Sept. 11    Mounds View 20, Roseville 7
Sept. 18    Roseville 22, Forest Lake 15
Sept. 25    Cretin-Derham Hall 28, Roseville 27
Oct. 2        East Ridge 41, Roseville 13
Oct. 9        at White Bear Lake, 7 p.m.

2015 Concordia Academy football results/schedule

Aug. 22    Concordia Academy 21, Spectrum 14
Aug. 28    Concordia Academy 27, Breck 21
Sept. 4    Minneapolis Henry 48, Concordia Academy 7    
Sept. 11    St. Agnes 26, Concordia Academy 19
Sept. 19    St. Paul Como Park 19, Concordia Academy 7    
Sept. 25    Columbia Heights 42, Concordia Academy 40
Oct. 2        Mound Westonka 58, Concordia Academy 14
Oct. 8        at St. Paul Johnson, 7 p.m.

 

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