The Woodbury Royals continue their impressive start to the 2020 season with a convincing win over neighboring Stillwater. The Royals scored early and often, opening up a 31-0 lead by halftime.
Senior quarterback Donald West, at 6’4” and 217 pounds, got the Royals on board in the first quarter on a 2-yard TD run. RJ Altman followed with a 9-yard TD run for a 14-0 first-quarter lead. After a 31-yard field goal, Devin Paddleford gave the Royals a 17-0 lead, Joey Gerlach picked off a Stillwater pass and returned it 85 yards for the score. But the Royals weren’t done as they closed out the half when West hit receiver Mac Lockner for a 26-yard score and a 31-0 lead.
The Royals tacked on two more scores in the second half when Scott Hanson ran in from six yards out and Bon Chinanga plowed in from the 1-yard line for the 45-0 lead.
Paddleford was perfect on the night by making six extra points to go along with his 31-yard field goal. The Royals gained 209 yards on the ground on 48 rushes. Altman led the way with 94 yards on 16 carries. West ran 16 times for 88 yards and Chinanga had 27 yards on nine carries. West and Hanson split time at quarterback and each completed five passes. West totaled 69 yards in the air and Hanson threw for 49, giving the Royals 327 yards in total offense. Lockner led Royals receivers with three catches for 52 yards. Blake Rohrer hauled in a pair of catches for 38 yards.
Casey Venske completed seven passes for the Ponies for 83 yards. He was asked twice. Nick Schlender caught three passes for 30 yards and Connor McCormick caught two passes for 23 yards. Max Shikenjanski had a 24-yard reception as well. Eddie O’Keefe led Stillwater rushers with 28 yards on 10 carries. The Ponies had just 19 net yards rushing on 31 carries. Jack Bungarden and Marty Seem led Woodbury with nine total tackles each.
Woodbury improved to 2-0 and will visit Cretin-Derham Hall (0-2) Friday. Stillwater (1-1) will host Mounds View (0-2).