Prep football regular season wraps up this week

The high school football regular season has reached week eight, which means games on Wednesday because of the teachers’ convention. It also means that teams have one more chance to prepare for the post-season.

Here’s a look at where Roseville Area High School and Concordia Academy stand heading into their final regular-season games.

 

Roseville

The Raiders close out the regular season at home against White Bear Lake and have a chance to head into the playoffs on a winning note for the first time in nine years. Roseville last won in week eight of the regular season in 2007.

White Bear Lake would seem to be ripe for the picking. The Bears were winless through week six and were outscored by an average of 20 points in those half-dozen losses.

Roseville’s defense has been its strength and will continue to need to be as the Raiders try to get their offense going. The Raiders averaged only 15 points per game through six weeks while they gave up an average of 15.5 points in their first six games.

Roseville is looking for its first win over White Bear Lake since 2012. The Raiders lost their season-opener to the Bears that year but returned the favor in the first round of the playoffs.

Week six was the first in which Roseville’s opponent ran away with the game. Cretin-Derham Hall scored four second-quarter touchdowns en route to a 28-14 victory. Roseville scored both of its touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

Three of Cretin-Derham Hall’s touchdowns happened after it started a drive in Roseville territory. One of those drives started after Cretin blocked a Roseville punt. The fourth touchdown came when Roseville lined up to punt but sailed the snap over the punter’s head and into the end zone, where Cretin recovered.

Roseville’s offense turned the ball over six times, including five in the first half. There were also the two special-teams miscues in the punting game.

Defensively, Roseville turned Cretin-Derham Hall over five times and kept the Raiders out of the end zone when they started drives on their own end of the field.

Roseville got interceptions from Tony Payne, Victor Yang, Tamir Beeler, Max Sandin and Anthony Weber. Unfortunately for the Raiders, only one of those turnovers led to points.

Weber’s interception came late in the third quarter and led to Yang’s one-yard touchdown run early in the fourth. The score capped a five-play, 82-yard drive.

Roseville’s other score came late in the fourth quarter on a one-yard run by quarterback Luke Bouchart. That scoring drive took eight plays and covered 99 yards. Roseville began the drive after Cretin-Derham Hall downed a punt at Roseville’s one-yard line.

The Raiders faced East Metro Blue District leader East Ridge in week seven, past the deadline for this edition of the Review.

 

Concordia Academy

 

The Beacons are likely to be heading into week eight looking to snap a long losing streak. They will try to do so when they host St. Paul Johnson on Wednesday.

Concordia entered week seven having lost five games in a row and faced Twin City Red District leader and fifth-ranked (in Class AAAA) Mound Westonka past the deadline for this edition of the Review.

The Beacons suffered their fifth- straight loss at the hands of Columbia Heights in week six. The Hylanders started off the season with three straight losses but their 37-7 victory over Concordia Academy was their third consecutive win.

Columbia Heights scored four times in the first half to put this one away by halftime. The Hylanders ripped off a 50-yard touchdown to open the scoring in the first quarter and added a 15-yard touchdown pass and touchdown runs of 15 and four yards in the second quarter.

The only score in the third quarter came on a 10-yard touchdown pass by the Hylanders.

Concordia Academy got its only points of the game in the fourth quarter when Jordan Osby ran it in from 10 yards out and Charlie Tastad tacked on the extra point.

Columbia Heights closed out the scoring on a 20-yard touchdown run with eight minutes left in the game.

The Beacons couldn’t find much room to operate offensively as Columbia Heights gave up only 137 yards. Osby ran for 79 of those yards on 17 carries. Cooper Wood added 51 yards on six rushes.

Defensively, Wood led Concordia Academy with 11 tackles, including six solo stops.

 

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

 

 

 

  

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