Football: Royals tumble Knights 35-21

Rogers linebacker Clay LaVasseur blocked a punt by STMA's Erik Johnson, which set up a Royals touchdown. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

Jack McGuire rushed for 163 yards and two touchdowns as the Rogers Royals stayed unbeaten with a 35-21 win over St. Michael-Alberetville on Friday night in St. Michael.

McGuire, who carried 16 times, scored from 58 and five yards out. Kyle Williams, Matt Weber and Mtch O’Neill also ran for TD’s Mitch Gruppa kicked five conversions.

The Royals (3-0) handed STMA its first loss.

Royal linebacker Clay LeVasseur blocked a Knight point in the second quarter that set up Kyle Williams’ two-yard touchdown run. Parker Veith made an interception and a long return.

Jack McGuire broke through a hole cleared by the line on the way to a 58-yard touchdown for Rogers. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

Knight quarterback Cole Krutzig hit 14 of 26 passes for 147 yards and three touchdowns. Michael Weiss scored twice and totaled 94 yards in nine carries. Ben Zahler had the other TD reception. STMA’s top rusher was Ryan Lyzhoft with 76 in 23 carries.

Weiss’s second TD catch, from five yards out, pulled the Knights within 28-21 in the fourth period.

But Rogers pulled away again on an 11-yard run by O’Neill.

Rogers, ranked No. 5 in Class 4A, will host Buffalo next Friday.

David Miller (74) leads interference for Mitch O'Neill (32). (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

 

Rogers 35, St. Michael-Albertville 21

 

Rogers ………… 7  14   7   7  — 35

STMA …………  7    7   0   7 —   21

 

STMA–Ben Zahler 15 pass from Cole Krutzig (Justin McLain kick)

Rog–Jack McGuire 58 run (Mitch Grupa kick)

Rog–McGuire 5 run (Grupa kick)

Rog–Kyle Williams 2 run (Grupa kick)

STMA–Michael Wiese 2 pass from Krutzig (McLain kick)

Rog–Weber 1 run (Grupa kick)

STMA–Wiese 5 pass from Krutzig (McLain kick)

Rog–Mitch O’Neil 11 run (Grupa kick)

 

Team statistics

First downs — STMA 16, Rogers 15

Rushing — Rogers 42-244, STMA 37-126

Passing (comp-att-yards-int) — Rogers 4-7-69-0, STMA 15-26-147-1

Total yards — Rogers 313, STMA 273

Penalties — Rogers 8-60, STMA 2-10

 

Rogers statistics

Rushing —  McGuire 16-163, O’Neill 8-43, Williams 5-15, Weber 9-14, Gruppa 2-6, Nate Roehl 1-5, Sam Spilles 1-(-2)

Passing — Weber 5-7-69-0

Receiving — Andrew Smith 3-49, Roehl 1-11, Michael Schreiiber 1-9

Mississippi 8

 

Rogers …………………. 2-0   3-0

Elk River ……………… 2-0   3-0

Buffalo …………………. 2-1   2-1

Becker ………………….. 1-1   2-1

Monticello …………….. 1-1   2-1

St. Michael-Alb. ……… 1-1   2-1

Cambridge-Isanti …….. 0-2  0-3

Big Lake ………………… 0-3  0-3

 

Results Friday

Elk River 31, Moorhead 29

Rogers 35, St. Michael-Albertville 21

Buffalo 32, Cambridge-Isanti 0

Monticello  22, Big Lake 16

Becker 27, Mora 26

 

Games next Friday

Monticello at Elk River

Buffalo at Rogers

Becker at Little Falls

St. Cloud Tech at Cambridge-Isanti

St. Michael-Albertville at Big Lake

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