High School Football: Rogers rushes past Warriors to snap winning streak

Brainerd at Rogers Friday, Oct. 7

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ROGERS — The Rogers Royals snapped Brainerd’s four-game winning streak Friday, Oct. 7.

Led by Anthony Powell’s 141 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries, Rogers gashed the Warriors for 299 rushing yards to get a 51-14 win over Brainerd.

The Royals also outgained Brainerd 470-203.

“I think our team is getting over some early season injuries and we are getting used to playing with each other,” said Marc Franz, Rogers head coach.

Damien Bentho was a bright spot for the Warriors offense with 95 yards on 18 carries.


Rogers’ quarterback Reece Dawson threw for 171 yards and three touchdowns to pace the Royals offense.

The Royals’ backup running back Kalvin Eull also rushed for over 100 yards with 112 yards on 14 carries.

“Sometimes you get punched in the face and we got punched in the face tonight, pretty simple,” Warriors head coach Jason Freed said. “We just didn’t respond tonight and so we got to go back and fix some things.”

Brainerd made a mistake on the opening kickoff that put them at its own 1-yard line to start the game.

After a nice return on a punt, Rogers needed just two plays to score on an 11-yard screen pass to Calvin Kolleh.

The Warriors forced their only punt of the first half on Rogers’ next drive and Getty scampered 48 yards for a touchdown to tie it 7-7.

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“We were worried about their offense coming in, but we were able to hang on,” Franz said. “They showed big play capability, so I was really happy with the way our kids competed.”

Rogers responded with a four-play, 75-yard drive capped off by a 2-yard run by Powell. The big play on that drive was a 58-yard connection to Kolleh.


After another Brainerd punt, Rogers was driving before Sean Holbrook intercepted Dawson in Brainerd territory and returned it to Rogers’ 5-yard line.

The next play, Bentho plunged into the end zone to make it 14-14 early in the second quarter.

“I think offensively we are doing some good things, we just can’t shoot ourselves in the foot,” Freed said. “We just have to be more consistent up front.”

Rogers ended the half with 17 unanswered points. Eull ran it in from 6 yards out to make it 21-14 Royals.

The Warriors were able to hold Rogers to a field goal after a botched snap on a punt set the Royals up with a first and goal from the 10.

Toward the end of the half, Gavin Gierman scored on a 7-yard pass play to make it 31-14.

Powell recorded 127 of his rushing yards in the first half.

“We just didn’t play downhill,” Freed said. “They established the line of scrimmage and when the other team establishes the line of scrimmage it’s hard to play defense when they are getting downhill on us.”


Rogers opened the second half with a 10-play, 65-yard drive capped by a Powell 4-yard run. Before the touchdown, Rogers converted a third and 16.

Rogers iced the game with a 11-play 78-yard drive that ended with a one-handed touchdown catch by Tanner Carlson to make it 44-14.

Eull ran it in from 19 yards for the last touchdown for the Royals.

Brainerd falls to 4-3 and is off next week before it closes the regular season at home against Buffalo Wednesday, Oct. 19.

“It’ll be a good week off for us physically and mentally,” Freed said. “We’ve been going hard since Aug. 8, so it’s been a grind for two months and so we will give the kids a day off Monday and reset.”

Brainerd 7 7 0 0 — 14

Rogers 14 17 7 14 — 51

First quarter

Rog-Calvin Kolleh 11-yard pass from Reece Dawson (Peyton Howell kick) 9:25

Brd-Marcello Getty 48-yard run (Bennett Bernander kick) 3:27

Rog-Anthony Powell 2-yard run (Howell kick) 1:51

Second quarter

Brd-Damien Bentho 5-yard run (Bernander kick) 10:25

Rog-Kalvin Eull 6-yard run (Howell kick) 7:20

Rog-Howell 25-yard field goal 4:28

Rog-Gavin Gierman 7-yard pass from Dawson (Howell kick) 1:37

Third quarter

Rog-Powell 4-yard run (kick failed) 6:38

Fourth quarter

Rog-Tanner Carlson 20-yard pass from Dawson (Howell kick) 10:26

Rog-Eull 17-yard run (Howell kick) 4:49

Team statistics

Rushes-yards: Brd 35-143, Rog 39-299

Pass comp-att-int-yds: Brd 7-18-1-60, Rog 12-18-2-171

Total offense: Brd 53-203, Rog 57-470

Individual leaders

Rushing: Brd-Damien Bentho 18-95, Dylan Haar 5-33, Marcello Getty 7-18; Rog-Anthony Powell 16-141, Kalvin Eull 14-112

Passing: Brd-Marcello Getty 7-18-60; Rog-Reece Dawson 12-18-171

Receiving: Brd-Jake Merseth 3-24, Eli Hoelz 2-22, Daimen Bentho 1-14; Rog-Calvin Kolleh 2-69, Gavin Gierman 7-66, Tanner Carlson 2-27, Anthony Powell 1-9

Rogers 51, Warriors 14

Key: Rogers rushes for 299 yards in a win.

Overall: Brd 4-3, Rog 3-3.

Next: Brainerd hosts Buffalo 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19.

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Started at the Dispatch in June of 2019.
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