Football: Rogers ousts Monticello 31-7, face Delano for section title

Kyle Williams dashed for a 29-yard touchdown to open the scoring with two Knights in pursuit. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

Two blocked punts, a smothering defensive effort, and three Kyle Williams touchdowns boosted the Rogers Royals in a 31-7 playoff victory over the Monticello Magic on Saturday.

The Royals earned a shot at their third straight Section 5AAAA title. The  top-seeded Royals face No. 2 Delano next Saturday, 4 p.m., at St. Cloud State. Both teams are 8-1.

Cyrus Biah blocked a Monticello punt in the third quarter. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

Austin Derouin blocked a Magic punt early in the game, after which Williams bolted 29 yards for a touchdown. The other blocked punt was by Cyrus Biah in the second half.

The Royal defense was unscathed. Monticello’s lone score was Sam Taufen’s intercepted of a Matt Weber pass and 52-yard return in the third quarter, pulling the Magic within 17-7.

“Our entire defense had a great game,” said Rogers coach Marc Franz. “We blocked two punts, and we gave up only 49 yards rushing. So we were real happy with our defense.”

Williams rolled up 127 yards on 22 carries, also scoring on eighth- and five-yard runs.

Meanwhile Nate Roehl amassed 101 yards on just four carries, including a 58-yard gainer and a 17-yard touchdown.

The Royals passed for only 27 yards but rushed for 277 yards.

Matt Bonk hit 12 of 24 passes for 126 yards for Monticello, which finished 6-4.

The outcome was almost the same as Rogers’ conference win over Monticello, 29-8 on Sept. 9.

Franz said he was just starting to gather information on Delano on Saturday night.

Nate Roehl makes a nifty cut on his way to a nice gainer. He had 104 yards in four carries. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

“Historically they are a very physical team, and run-oriented,” he said, “and I’ve heard to pass more this year, but I haven’t looked at much film yet.”


Rogers 31, Monticello 7


Monticello ……. 0   0    7   0 –  7

Rogers ………..14   3   0  14 – 31


Scoring plays

Rog – Kyle Williams 29 run (Mitch Grupa kick)

Rog – Williams 8 run (Grupa kick)

Rog – Grupa 24 field goal

Mon – Sam Taufen 52 interception return (Alex Manning kick)

Rog – Nate Roehl 17 run (Grupa kick)

Rog – Williams 5 run (Grupa kick)


Team statistics

Rushing – Rogers 47-277, Monticello 24-49

Passing – Rogers  2-8-27-2, Monticello 13-26-137-1

Total yards – Rogers 304, Monticello 186

Penalties – Rogers 4-45, Monticello 4-30

Rogers teammates celebrated Nate Roehl's touchdown. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)


Monticello statistics

Rushing  – Ben Schacht 6-33, Birk Olson 9-20

Passing – Matt Bonk 12-24-127-1, Will Bauman 1-1-10-0

Receiving – name not available 4-64, Bauman 4-26, Taufen 3-23, Jack Fair 1-14, Bonk 1-10

Punts – Michael Fisette 7-22.4




Rogers statistics

Rushing – Williams 22-127, Roehl 4-101, Weber 8-27, Jack McGuire 9-17, Kent Hoover 1-7

Passing – Weber 2-7-27-2, Mitch O’Neill 0-1-0-0

Receiving – Andrew Smith 2-27

Blocked punts – Austin Derouin, Cyrus Biah

Fumble recovery — Smith

Interception – O’Neill

Punts – Max Mauren 3-20.3