Football: Royals pound Sauk Rapids-Rice 33-0

Dylan Brown, Sauk Rapids-Rice running back, gets smothered by a host of Royal defenders. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

The Rogers Royals started what they hope will be another Prep Bowl season by pummeling Sauk Rapids-Rice 33-0 at home on Thursday evening.

Matt Weber, taking over the quarterback slot along with his outside linebacker dutiies, led the victory with two touchdowns running and another passing. The 6-foot-5 senior had a one-yard TD sneak in the second quarter, passed to Austin Derouin for a 22-yard score in the third, and broke away for a 46-yard touchdown scamper later in the third.

Austin Drouin catches a 22-yard touchdown pass from Matt Weber. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

Nate Roehl and Kyle Williams also ran for touchdowns, while Williams totaled 88 yards in nine carries, leading Rogers’ 262-yard ground game.

Rogers, state runner-up last year in Class 4A, will open conference play at Monticello next Friday.


Rogers 33, Sauk Rapids-Rice 0


Sauk Rapids-Rice ……… 0   0   0   0 — 0

Rogers ………………….. 8  12  13 0 — 33


Rog–Nae Roehl 18 run (Michael Schrieber pass from Isaac Aanerud)

Rog–Matt Weber 1 run (kick failed)

Rog–Kyle Williams 11 run (kick failed)

Rog–Austin Derouin 22 pass from Weber (kick failed)

Rog–Weber 46 run (Aanerud kick)


Team statistics


First downs — Rogers 16, Sauk Rapids-Rice 5

Rushes-yards — Rogers 43-262, Sauk Rapids-Rice 39-83

Passing (cmp-att-yards-int) — Rogers 5-10-53-0, Sauk Rapids-Rice 0-8-0-0

Total plays-yards – Rogers 53-315, Sauk Rapids-Rice 47-83

Fumbles-lost — Rogers 0-0, Sauk Rapids-Rice 2-1

Penalties-ards — Rogers 7-41, Sauk Rapids-Rice 2-10

Punts-average – Roers 2-45.5, Sauk Rapids-Rice 6-29.2


Rogers quarterback Matt Weber pushes over the goal line to score on a sneak in the second quarter. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

Rogers individual statistics


Rushing — Williams 9-88, Weber 6-47, Jack McGuire 7-42, Zach Grauf 7-39, Mitch Gruppa 3-23, Roehl 2-20

Passing– Weber 5-10-53-0

Receiving – Andrew Smith 2-17, Derouin 1-22, McGuire 1-8, Roehl 1-6