Rogers football

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Isaac Aanerud was already a third-year starter in soccer for Rogers in 10th grade when he started messing around kicking footballs. The lifelong soccer player did so partly because his next-door neighbor is football coach Marc Franz, who had already had gleaned three excellent kickers from the soccer program. “I [...]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor For the first five minutes of the second half, it appeared that Rogers Royals were taking charge of the section title game, and that their opponents would soon start to crumble, like most previous foes had this year once the Royals got going. However, St. Michael-Albertville would not fade [...]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor This time, the Rogers Royals were ready for anything Elk River tried. The unbeaten, top-seeded Royals thrashed the Elks 52-14 in the Section 6-5A semifinals Saturday afternoon, with Gunnar Bloom running for 240 yards and four touchdowns, and Nate Weber for 106 more and three touchdowns. The Royals (9-0) [...]

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The Elk River Elks, emerging from a daunting regular-season schedule with a 2-6 record, hope to duplicate last year’s success in playoffs, which begin Tuesday. The defending Section 6-5A champions are seeded fifth and will open at No. 3 Monticello (5-3) on Tuesday, 7 p.m. Meanwhile, the unbeaten, top-seeded Rogers Royals’ quest is to regain [...]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor It’s hard to imagine a team more gritty in victory than the Rogers Royals or more valiant in defeat than the St. Michael-Albertville Knights, after the neighboring football powers mesmerized a huge crowd on both sides of the stadium with a rollicking, riveting conference championship game Wednesday night. The [...]

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  Gunnar Bloom ran wild for 348 yards, including touchdowns of 64, 85 and 59 yards on consecutive carries, as the Rogers Royals stayed unbeaten with a 41-24 win over Big Lake on Friday evening at home. The Royals will duel St. Michael-Albertville, also 7-0, for the Mississippi 8 Conference championship Wednesday evening in Rogers. [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor For a guy whose primary focus is defense, Nate Weber sure scores a lot of touchdowns. The Rogers linebacker who also rotates at halfback has bolted into end zones 21 times the past two seasons. “Nate is an extremely versatile player,” said Royal coach Marc Franz. “We need him most [...]

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The unbeaten Rogers Royals took on a 4-1 Monticello team on their field Friday night and weren’t slowed down a bit, racking up their most robust total of the season in a 66-27 win. Nate Weber dashed for four touchdowns while Gunnar Bloom, Jake Owens, Justin Bohnsack, Isaiah Fofanah rushed for one each and Cole [...]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor In a duel of two teams with big-play capabilities, the Rogers Royals were able to spring a few of them while cramping Cambridge-Isanti’s style on Friday evening. The Royals cruised to a 38-0 homecoming win and improved to 5-0, dropping the Bluejackets to 3-2. “We have a couple of [...]

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