Football: Rogers romps 56-6 over Denfeld at homecoming

Rogers running  back Kent Hoover protects the ball as he makes a cut on the way to a 16-yard touchdown in the first quarter. (Photo by Bruce Strand)


Seven players scored touchdowns for the Rogers Royals as they breezed 56-6 over winless Duluth Denfeld at homecoming on Friday evening.

The Royals (5-1) had a quick 14-0 lead as Nate Weber recovered a Denfeld fumble at the Hunter 16 on the third play from scrimmage and Kent Hoover scored from the 16 two plays later, after which Reid Sagehorn intercepted a pass and Weber bolted 16 yards to the end zone five plays later.

Denfeld’s Joe Michalski (3) found no running room on this play as he was bottled up by Josh Garner (50), Kyle Halseth (11), Nathan Hajder (12) and Trent Rgonti (bottom). (Photo by Bruce Strand)

With Gunnar Bloom (38 yards), Nate Roehl (6 yards), Jake Owens (6 yards), and Weber again (8 yards) adding touchdown runs, the Royals led 42-0 at the half.

Adam Heyer (22 yards) and Steve Hines (one yard) hit pay dirt in the second half and Mitch Grupa was 8-for-8 on conversions.

Nate Weber went around end for a 17-yard gain. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

The Royals rolled up 343 rushing yards with 15 different players getting carries. Roehl had the most, 54 yards in six carries.

Denfeld, which is 0-6 and outscored 269-28, averted a shutout when Ben Halverson ran 73 yards in the fourth quarter.

The Royals remained in a first-place tie with Cambridge-Isanti and Monticello, all 4-1 in the Mississippi 8.

Next week, they play the other Duluth team, East, in Duluth, at 6 p.m.


Rogers students cheered their team during the homecoming win. (Photo by Bruce Strand)


Rogers 56, Duluth Denfeld 6


Duluth Denfeld …………… 0   0   0   6 —  6

Rogers …………………….. 21  21  7  7 — 56


Rog — Kent Hoover 16 run (Mitch Grupa kick)

Rog — Nate Weber 16 run (Grupa kick)

Rog — Gunnar Bloom 38 run (Grupa kick)

Rog — Nate Roehl 6 run (Grupa kick)

Rog — Jake Owens 6 run (Grupa kick)

Rog — Weber 8 run (Grupa kick)

Rog — Adam Heyer 22 run (Grupa kick)

Rog — Steve Hines 1 run (Grupa kick)

Den — Ben Halverson 73 run (kick failed)


Team statistics


First downs — Rogers 21, Denfeld 6

Rushing — Rogers 50-343, Denfeld 33-138

Passing — Rogers 3-6-45-0, Denfeld 2-7-14-1

Penalties — Rogers 6-40, Denfeld 1-5


Denfeld leaders

Rushing — Halverson 8-86, Nick Malek 9-35, Joe Michalski 5-29

Passing — Matt Klang 2-5-14-1, Greg Gustafson 0-2-0-0


Rogers leaders 

Rushing — Roehl 6-54, Weber 3-42, Hoover 6-42, Hines 4-41, Bloom 2-38, Owens 7-33, Zach Grauf 5-25, Heyer 2-20

Passing — Henderson 3-6-45-0

Receiving — Roehl 2-29, Weber 1-16