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Mustangs roll in season opener
For the second consecutive year, the Mounds View High School football team opened the season with a game at Woodbury, and now, for two years in a row, the Mustangs have beaten the Royals in the season opener.
Mounds View rolled to a 36-7 victory last week. The Mustangs also held Woodbury to one score in a 27-7 win in the 2013 opener.
The Mustangs scored two touchdowns in each of the first two quarters to take a 27-0 lead at halftime. They added a third-quarter touchdown and a fourth-quarter safety before Woodbury closed out the scoring and avoided a shutout with a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Jeff LeMay got things started for Mounds View when he scored on a five-yard run just 1:13 into the game. Joe Janey followed that up with his own five-yard touchdown run.
Both of Mounds View's second-quarter scores came from Joe Fredrickson to Ryan Kaczynski touchdown passes. The first one covered 13 yards, and the second went for six yards. The Mustangs' lone second-half touchdown came on a run of 10 yards by Janey.
Next up for Mounds View is its home opener on Friday against a longtime rival. White Bear Lake visits Mustang Stadium this week.
The Bears will be looking to bounce back from its 34-27 loss to Cretin-Derham Hall last week. White Bear Lake took an early 6-0 lead but watched as the Raiders twice built 14-point cushions in the third quarter.
White Bear Lake battled back to tie it at 27-27 but Cretin put together one final scoring drive to retake the lead and win the game.
Mounds View and White Bear Lake have a long history and have faced each other twice in a season quite often. Last year, the Bears won the regular-season match-up but the Mustangs returned the favor in the post-season.
Brian Meyers can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.