Woodbury quietly continues to make a strong case as one of the best Class 6A teams.
Mason Pelke caught two scores, Blake Rohrer grabbed one and Garrett Smith scored on special teams — all in the second quarter — and the Royals went on to roll Eagan 48-15 Thursday.
Tied for ninth in this week’s Associated Press Class 6A poll behind the likes of more heralded Lakeville South, Eden Prairie, Rosemount, Wayzata and St. Michael-Albertville, the Royals (3-0) also got five passing touchdowns from George Bjellos.
“We’ve got a really good shot at going far, but we’re staying humble,” Rohrer said.
“We’re resilient. This is a great group of kids. We got talent from seniors to sophomores. Everyone can play,” Pelke added.
With sustained winds of 20-plus mph from one end zone to the other, Woodbury, which has had more success passing than running in its first three games, used a smothering second stanza to turn a scoreless contest into a blowout.
Three times on its opening two drives, the Royals went for it on fourth down. The latter kept a drive alive that culminated in a 22-yard touchdown pass from Bjellos to Pelke early in the second quarter.
“I hate to punt,” said Woodbury coach Andy Hill. “We’ve got plenty of plays that can get us four or five yards. And our defense is playing so well.”
Little more than four minutes later, Bjellos and Pelke hooked up again, this time from the 7, for a 13-0 lead.
“We just put our foot down,” Pelke said.
A high snap went off the Eagan punter’s hands two minutes later, and Smith fell on the ball in the end zone for a 20-0 lead.
Landon Tonsager ran the flexbone with success early as Eagan had an 11-play opening drive that ended on downs at the Woodbury 18. However, its next four possessions were three-and-outs.
“Everyone did their job and executed. We had a few mistakes, but we made up for them. We played physical,” Smith said.
Woodbury got the ball back on the Wildcat 35 with 54 seconds before halftime. A long screen play to RJ Altman on fourth and 10 kept the drive alive, and three plays later Bjellos hit Rohrer for a 4-yard strike.
Matt Vaske caught his first pass of the year for a 6-yard score and Charlie Jacobson caught a 23-yard touchdown pass for a 41-0 third-quarter lead. Both drives were set up by fumble recoveries inside the Eagan 25 by Marco Salas and Ugonna Okeke, respectively.
“All of our guys can make plays,” Rohrer said. “It’s fun.”
Having breathing room was a refreshing change for Woodbury, which also got a 47-yard run by James Maier.
The Royals rallied to beat Champlin Park 15-7 in week one and pulled away in the second half to beat Eastview 41-27 last Friday.
Grant Hooyman scored from the 2 and Tonsager scored from the 15 in the fourth quarter for the Wildcats.
This was the third straight week that Eagan (0-3) stayed with an opponent for a quarter before the opposition used a dominating stretch to pull away.
Rosemount scored 21 points in less than four minutes in the second quarter of a 47-7 week one win over Eagan; Park scored the final 21 points of the first half and the first three of the third quarter last week for a 38-14 lead en route to a 44-34 win.
“We’re not built to come from behind that much,” said Eagan coach Nick Johnson. “We got a ways to go.”