The Forest Lake football team faced Roseville on the road last week, falling to the Suburban East Conference powerhouse, 47-13.
The Raiders, who are 6-1 this season, scored immediately and never looked back to total 21 points in the first quarter.
Though Forest Lake marched downfield to put themselves in scoring position in response to the first Raider touchdown, the Rangers fumbled on a botched handoff. This allowed a Roseville defender to return the ball for the 14-0 lead.
Following the third score for the Raiders, the Rangers fumbled again, only to take the ball back when senior Zach Rosenthal knocked the Raider quarterback’s teeth loose and forced a fumble.
The Rangers would not convert on their next drive but senior Zach Voss recovered a Roseville fumble within the Raider 10-yard line. Senior Leighton Bierman ran determined into the end zone despite four defenders in his way to put Forest Lake on the board 21-6.
The Rangers would find the end zone one more time in the fourth quarter when senior Derek Giesner caught a 49-yard touchdown pass from junior Brandon Rogers. Sophomore Eric Ellefson kicked the extra point to make it a 47-13 game, closing the scoring for both sides.
As a team, Forest Lake rushed for 106 yards and passed for 138 while Roseville rushed for 319 yards and passed for 75. The Rangers plagued themselves with turnovers, recording six on the night compared to Roseville’s two.
Rogers was 7-18 passing for 138 yards and three interceptions. Rogers also rushed for 45 yards on 10 carries, while Bierman rushed for 40 yards on 10 carries and one touchdown. Sophomore John Eiden rushed for 22 yards on six carries before leaving the game due to injury, one of three ankle injuries on the night for the Rangers.
Giesner caught two passes for 80 yards and one touchdown while senior Dan Wassman caught for two passes for 33 yards.
The loss brings the Rangers to 0-7 on the year with just one regular-season game remaining. Forest Lake hosted Park at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16.