On senior night at Woodbury, the seniors on the Royals football team got a victory Wednesday that had eluded them their entire careers.
Facing crosstown rival East Ridge, Woodbury jumped out to an early lead and scored often, routing the No. 4 Raptors by a 47-25 final. It's the first time Woodbury has defeated East Ridge — located only 4 miles away — since 2011.
Woodbury (4-4) got three touchdowns and even more big plays from senior Ricardo Twinawe, who had two touchdown catches and a pair of 70-plus yard runs to lift the Royals to their fourth victory after an 0-3 start to the season.
"It's amazing," Twinawe said. "I'm just proud for the fans for sticking with us through this up and down season."
East Ridge star running back Dominik London was doubtful for the game due to an ankle injury. However, London suited up and made an impact for the Raptors (6-2). He scored on a 44-yard run to cut Woodbury's lead to 20-14 early in the third.
After Woodbury scored to regain a two-possession lead, Twinawe reeled off another big run. This time he found the end zone on a 76-yard rush for a 34-17 lead. Twinawe later caught a 52-yard pass to cap the scoring for the Royals.