After two losses to start the season, the Woodbury football team was focused on offense and defending their Metro East sub-district title.
The Metro East sub-district season started on Friday night as the Royals hosted Mounds View, but the Mustangs ended up with a 21-7 win.
"We had turnovers that allowed Mounds View to score," said Woodbury head coach Andy Hill. "We just need to improve our offensive production for the coming weeks."
The Woodbury offense has scored seven points each of the first three weeks for a total of 21 points overall. With each week, Hill said the offense is clicking more and more, but the focus needs to be on reducing turnovers.
Mounds View and Woodbury battled in the first quarter, but neither team scored to make the score 0-0 heading into the second quarter. The Mustangs took the lead with a long touchdown pass for 43 yards.
Then, a turnover by the Royals allowed Mounds View to score a short rushing touchdown to make it 14-0 before the first half ended. In the third quarter, the Mustangs caused another turnover as Woodbury fumbled the ball and Mounds View returned it for a 45-yard touchdown.
Mounds View had control of the entire game, though the Royals scored a touchdown near the end of the fourth quarter as Brock Rinehart rushed one in to make it 21-7.
"The defense has been doing a good job to start the season," Hill said. "They've been playing hard."
For Hill, everything is up in the air for the fourth week of the season. Whether it's play-calling or new formations or new players in the starting lineup, he's going to put all ideas on the table.
"We aren't playing for consolation prizes," Hill said. "We have a good team and we still have a lot of games left this season to turn things around. We just need to stay focused and take it one game at a time."
The Royals will hit the road for their next game on Friday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. as Woodbury takes on Stillwater in hopes of earning its first win of the season. The Ponies have started their season 1-2 with a win against Roseville and losses coming against Farmington and White Bear Lake.