Victory can’t prevent Raiders football from starting post-season on the road

Only one Class 6A high school football team with a losing record is opening the playoffs at home this week. Hopkins is that team and it has the same record as Roseville, which did not get a first-round home playoff game.

Roseville finished the regular season with a record of 3-5 but that was good enough for only the No. 7 seed in Section 4-6A. 

As the seventh seed, Roseville is matched up against Maple Grove (6-2), the No. 2 seed from Section 5-6A. They square off in the first round of the Class 6A tournament on Friday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m.

This will be the second time that Roseville and Maple Grove have faced off in the post-season. The first time was three years ago when they met in the 2013 Class 6A state quarterfinals at TCF Bank Stadium. Roseville won that game 24-21 on a last-second field goal.

The Roseville-Maple Grove winner faces either third-seeded Edina or sixth-seeded Eastview in the second round on Nov. 4. If the Raiders can upset Maple Grove, their second-round playoff game will also be an away game.

 

Week eight

Roseville closed out the regular season last week with a rout of White Bear Lake. The Raiders put up their highest single-game point total of the season in thumping the Bears 41-20.

The 41 points was the most Roseville has scored in one game since the first round of the 2013 playoffs. In that game, Roseville steamrolled Woodbury 49-6.

Against White Bear Lake, Roseville jumped out to an early lead and prevented the Bears from making any kind of serious run at a comeback. The Raiders scored three times in the first quarter to take a 20-0 lead.

Tamir Beeler led the scoring barrage with three touchdowns, including first-quarter scores on runs of 14 and four yards. He also added a five-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

Victor Yang also got in the touchdown parade by scoring on runs of five and 38 yards.

Roseville’s other touchdown came in the third quarter when Luke Bouchart threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Weber.

The Raiders used a rushing attack to wear down White Bear Lake and earn the victory. Roseville amassed 336 of 409 yards of offense on the ground and Yang led the way with 119 yards on 14 carries. Yang also caught one pass for 31 yards.

 

Week seven

Fourth-ranked East Ridge hosted the Raiders in week seven and rolled to a 42-14 victory. Two touchdowns in each of the first three quarters was more than enough offense for the Raptors.

East Ridge amassed 315 yards rushing and had two different backs eclipse the 100-yard mark. The Raptors scored first-quarter touchdowns on runs of 11 and 25 yards, added 63 and 11-yard touchdown runs in the second quarter and ran for two and one-yard scores in the third.

Roseville got all of its points in the fourth quarter. Sophomore Brendan McMillan got the first one on a five-yard run midway through the fourth. Junior Reggie Morrow then scored on a one-yard run in the final minute of the game.

 

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

 

 

 

  

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