By Bruce Strand
Elk River Star News
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 Murray snagged a TD pass from Connor Henderson. Fofanah closed the scoring with a 70-yard burst. Isaac Aanerud booted a field goal and nine conversions.
The Royals led 14-0 before Monticello ran a play. Bloom’s seven-yard TD run was followed by a low line drive kickoff that bounced off a Magic player and back to Rogers, after which Murray scored on a pass.
Rogers led 28-0 early in the second quarter.
“I was real pleased that the kids were so ready to play,” said coach Marc Franz. “Our first four defensive series were three 3-and-outs and a takeaway.”
Jake Berthiaume passed for three touchdowns for Monticello, two of them to Andrew Manning and one to Brenden Meyere.
The Royals (6-0), ranked sixth in Class 5A, appear headed for a conference championship duel with St. Michael-Albertville (6-0) in the final week of the regular season, the Wednesday game Oct. 16. Next Friday, the Royals will host Big Lake (1-5) next Friday and the Knights will host Cambridge-Isanti (4-2). STMA beat Monticello 14-7 on Sept. 13.
Rushing — Rogers 45-498 … Monticello 38-138
Passing — Rogers 7-11-86-0 … Monticello 13-30-160-1
Turnovers — Rogers 1 (fum) … Monticello 1 (int.)
Penalties — Rogers 8-70 … Monticello 6-51
Rushing —Fofanah 2-75, Weber 11-68, Travis Dietl 12-68, Travis Limoseth 1-52, Bloom 9-52, Owens 3-50, Aanerud 1-27, Henderson 2-8, Cole Hyde 2-6, Adam Heyer 1-4, Justin Bohsack 1-2
Passing — Henderson 7-10-86-0
Receiving — Bloom 3-53, Heyer 2-14, Murray 1-16
Interception — Steve Hines