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Football looks to get first win against Panthers

Sep 21, 2017


Adam Segal

James Klecker, junior, slides to avoid hit. The Royals lost to Waconia.

The Royals football team, after coming off their third straight loss, will come back home to play the Spring Lake Park Panthers this Friday, September 22nd.

Last week, the Royals played a talented Armstrong Falcons team for their third game of the season. The Royals fell to the Falcons 31-6 and moved to an 0-3 record while the Falcons moved to 2-1. Last week wasn’t much different from the rest of the season, the Royals offense failed to move the ball and the defense failed to stop the other team from scoring.

Luckily for the Royals, the Panthers are also coming into this game 0-3. The Panthers have also had trouble on defense, allowing more than 25 points in each game. They are coming off a tough loss to the Robbinsdale Cooper Hawks where they lost 44-7.

Both teams have been struggling on the offensive and defensive side. This game, one team will remain defeated while the other will get their first win of the season.

The Royals still haven’t clearly decided a starting quarterback. As we saw two weeks ago, Connor Fitzgerald, senior, was in the game for most of the time but last week we saw James Klecker, junior, in for the whole game.

The running game for the Royals looks to be solid if they can just get a lead and start feeding the ball to Jadon Washington, junior, and Wayne Blakes, senior. Both players have been explosive and could really be used to the Royals’ advantage.

The Royals defense has gotten a turnover in every game so far and, if they can keep it up, it can help ignite the offense.

This game marks the halfway point of the season. The Royals will look to start a winning streak to get them set for post-season.

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