Second of back-to-back ranked opponents awaits Raiders football

It’s another ranked opponent on the schedule this week for the Roseville Area High School football team. The Raiders took on Cretin-Derham Hall in week six and this week they venture to East Ridge.

East Ridge (4-1) was ranked fifth in Class 6A in the Oct. 5 poll. Cretin-Derham Hall was ranked ninth.

Roseville has beaten East Ridge, which opened in 2009, only once and that was in that first year of the Raptors’ existence. Roseville won that game 28-7 and has lost the last four to East Ridge.

The Raptors, who advanced to the Prep Bowl in 2015, lost their season opener to Lakeville North but are unbeaten since. East Ridge owns close victories over Mounds View and Cretin-Derham Hall and blowout wins over White Bear Lake and Stillwater.

East Ridge traveled to Forest Lake last week. Results of the week six games were not available for this edition of the Review.

Roseville entered the two-game stretch fresh off winning its second game of the season. Roseville got that win by knocking off Forest Lake 27-12 on homecoming night. The victory pushed the Raiders past last year’s win total.

Roseville jumped out to a 21-point lead as its defense gave the offense good field position a number of times. 

Roseville’s first score came on its second possession and followed a Forest Lake drive that went three-and-out. The Raiders took over at its own 44-yard line and eventually Victor Yang took a pitch from quarterback Luke Bouchart and scored on an 18-yard touchdown run.

Forest Lake’s next drive lasted only one play as Roseville’s Mikel Martin recovered a fumble at the Rangers’ 25. The Raiders were unable to capitalize, however, as their 26-yard field goal attempt was no good.

Another three-and-out gave Roseville the ball at its 44 again and the Raiders took advantage. Bouchart hit Yang for a 42-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-0.

The defense came up with another big play to set up Roseville’s third score of the first half. Max Sandin’s interception gave the offense the ball at the Forest Lake 21-yard line and on the next play Elijah Rosalez scored on a 21-yard touchdown run.

Forest Lake, which snapped a 41-game losing streak earlier this season, was reeling but found some life thanks to a pair of Roseville turnovers. The Rangers picked off Bouchart twice in the second quarter and converted both miscues into touchdowns to make it 21-12 at halftime.

Roseville was able to shut down any momentum Forest Lake may have gained. The Rangers had four second-half possessions, which ended with two punts and two turnover-on-downs situations.

The only points of the second half came on Tamir Beeler’s four-yard run up the middle in the fourth quarter. The score capped an 11-play, 67-yard drive and put the game on ice for the Raiders.

Roseville had its most productive game of the season offensively as it rolled up 372 yards. The rushing game came up with 213 yards and was led by Yang’s 66 yard on 11 carries. Beeler added 59 yards on eight carries.

Bouchart had his second-most productive passing game with 159 yards on 13-of-27 passing. His most passing yards in a game this season was 172 against Stillwater in week two.

Levi Brown caught five passes for 58 yards and Yang finished with three grabs for 72 yards.

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

 

 

 

East Metro Blue District
week seven schedule

Cretin-Derham Hall at Forest Lake

Roseville at East Ridge

Stillwater at White Bear Lake

Woodbury at Mounds View

 

East Metro Blue District
week five results

East Ridge 21, Cretin-Derham Hall 7

Mounds View 34, White Bear Lake 27

Roseville 27, Forest Lake 12

Woodbury 18, Stillwater 0

 

 

East Metro Blue District standings
(Through week two)

 

East Ridge 
CretinDerham Hall 
Mounds View
Roseville
Woodbury
Forest Lake
Stillwater  
White Bear Lake 

Dist. 

4-0
3-1
3-1
2-2
2-2
1-3
1-3
0-4

Overall

4-1
4-1
4-1
2-3
2-3
1-4
2-3
0-5

Games behind

-
1
1
2
2
3
3
4

  

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