Football: Royals thump North Branch 38-0 in lid-lifter

The Rogers Royals got four touchdowns from Gunnar Bloom and a shutout by the defense as they rolled past North Branch 38-0 in their opener at home Thursday evening.

Bloom, on the heels of scoring 20 TDS’s last year, snagged a pass from Andy Borchardt for a 22-yard touchdown in the first quarter. He rushed for 183 yards and TD’s of eight, 11 and 68 yards.

Coach Marc Franz said the Royals were so excited to get in action that they “went too fast at times” and got bogged down with mistakes in the first half, including missed tackles, bad pitchouts and missed assignments. But they still led 17-0.

Rogers limited the Vikings to 164 net yards.

“The defense was very good, very sound and physical, but we’ve got to work on tackling better,” Franz said said. “We missed a number of tackles.”

The Royals rushed for 382 yards including Isaiah Fofanah’s 23-yard touchdown to close the scoring. Borchardt was 7-for-13 for 114 yards in his debut at quarterback.

Justin Bohnsack, the Royals’ new kicker, hit a 36-yard field goal, had two touchbacks on kickoffs, and was 5-for-5 on conversions.
Rogers 38, North Branch 0

North Branch …… 0 0 0 0 — 0
Rogers ………….. 14 3 14 7 — 38

Rog—Gunnar Bloom 22 pass from Andy Borchardt (Justin Bohnsack kick)
Rog—Bloom 8 run (Bohnsack kick)
Rog—Bohnsack 36 field goal
Rog—Bloom 11 run (Bohnsack kick)
Rog—Bloom 68 run (Bohnsack run)
Rog—Isaiah Fofanah 23 run (Bohnsack run)

Team statistics

Rushing — Rogers 45-382, North Branch 35-38
Passing — Rogers 7-13-114-0, North Branch 4-12-50-0
Penalties — Rogers 8-70, North Branch 2-20

North Branch statistics

Rushing leaders — Ark Steele 11-30, Ben Mayerchak 8-21
Passing — Nick Pelz 4-12-60-0
Receiving — Jack Tholen 2-45, Kyle Ketchmark 1-9, Devin McDonald 1-6

Rogers statistics

Rushing — Bloom 14-183, Blayne Kasper 2-44, Adam Heyer 5-40, Logan Paige 3-39, Fofanah 4-30, Travis Limoseth 7-26, Jake Owens 2-12, Cole Flander 2-9, Brian Barrera 2-5, Rylan Darr 1-(-1), Andrew Korton 1-(-1), Borchardt 2-(-3)
Passing — Borchardt 7-13-114-0
Receiving — Heyer 3-63, Bloom 3-48, Drew Sagehorn 1-3