Football: Royals air it out in 52-6 win at Duluth East

The Rogers Royals threw the ball exceptionally well and shut down Duluth East’s air game completely in a 52-6 rout of the Greyhounds on Friday evening in Duluth.

Royal quarterback Connor Henderson hit nine of 10 passes for 204 yards, with Gunnar Bloom snagging four of 123 yards, including a 57-yard touchdown.

The Royals picked off three of Duluth East’s eight throws, the first of those returned by Adam Heyer 15 yards for a touchdown. Nate Weber and Cole Flander had the other interceptions. The Greyhounds and one yard passing.

“The team played pretty well and a lot of guys got to touch the ball,” said coach Marc Franz. “When a lot of guys look good, that shows the offensive line is doing a good job.”

Guard Joel Ende threw a perfect open-field block that sprang Bloom’s touchdown on a screen pass.

“That play really got the sideline excited,” said Franz.

The Mississippi 8 Conference game on the shore of Lake Superior was a mismatch between a 4-0 team and an 0-4 team.

Rogers rushed for a modest 135 yards but had five TD’s on the ground, by Travis Dietl (two, Jake Owens, Bloom and Isaiah Fofanah.

Isaac Aanerud booted a 38-yard field goal and was 7-for-7 on conversions.

“We know we have much tougher games ahead than we’ve had in the first half of the season,” said Franz. “We want the kids to challenge themselves and  develop good practice habits.”

Rogers will host Cambridge-Isanti (3-1) on Friday.

Rogers  ………. 17   14   21    0 — 52
Duluth East …… 0      0     0    6 —  6

Rog—Isaac Aanerud 38 field goal
Rog—Adam Heyer 15 interception return (Aanerud kick)
Rog—Travis Dietel 2 run (Aanerud kick)
Rog—Jake Owens 4 run (Aanerud kick)
Rog—Gunnar Bloom 57 pass from Connor Henderson (Aanerud kick)
Rog—Dietl 1 run (Aanerud kick)
Rog—Bloom 11 run (Aanerud kick)
Rog—Isaiah Fofanah 3 run (Aanerud kick)
DE— Brandan Peterson 35 run (kick failed)

Team statistics

Rushing — Rogers 26-135, Duluth East 50-157
Passing — Rogers 9-10-204-0, Duluth East 1-8-1-3
Penalties — Rogers 7-35, Duluth East 3-20
Turnovers — Rogers 1 (fum), Duluth East 3 (3 int)

Rogers leaders

Rushing — Fofanah 3-48, Dietl 8-39, Bloom 6-31
Passing — Henderson 9-10-204-0
Receiving — Bloom 4-123, Cole Murray  2-43, Heyer 2-27, Joey Simpson 1-11
Interceptions — Heyer, Nate Weber, Cole Flander

Duluth East leaders

Rushing — Brian Lansing 26-111, Vitaliy Hancharou 11-31
Passing — Kenyatta Mooers 1-8-1-1