Ranger football falls to Royals in last regular-season game

Forest Lake senior Nick McCormick blocks the extra-point attempt by Woodbury. The Rangers lost 54-7 to the Royals on Wednesday night.

Forest Lake finished its final football game of the regular season Wednesday night with a 54-7 loss to Woodbury.

The Rangers held Woodbury almost scoreless in the first quarter, until the Royals added seven to the board with 3:38 to go. The Royals added another seven two minutes late to make it 14-0.

Forest Lake bounced back in the second quarter to hold the Woodbury offense scoreless until the two-minute mark again. After another Ranger turnover, the Royals scored 12 seconds later to make it 26-0. A threat to kickers all season, Forest Lake sophomore Nick McCormick sprinted from the edge of the line to block the extra point.

With 30 seconds to go until halftime, Rabel threw downfield to senior Tanner Lane for a Ranger touchdown. Senior Cole Searle added the extra point for Forest Lake.

That ended the momentum for the Ranger squad, as the Royals would go on to score 28 points in the second half.

The Rangers also continued its season-long struggle on Wednesday night for a healthy quarterback. Sophomore Brandon Rogers, who took over for senior Trent Rabel after a concussion, suffered an ankle injury last week and was deemed unable to play against Woodbury.

Rabel started against the Royals, but left with a migraine in the second half, leaving senior Dan Wassman to fill in at quarterback.

With section playoffs ahead, Forest Lake earned the No. 7 seed, beating out North St. Paul at No. 8. The Rangers will face the No. 2 seed, Mounds View, at the Mustangs’ home field next Friday at 7 p.m.