High school football: Cobb-Butler returns two touchdowns in Woodbury’s win over Burnsville

Something about Burnsville brings out the best in Quentin Cobb-Butler.

Woodbury’s defensive back housed an interception for a touchdown last fall. Then the junior delivered just about all of the first half’s highlights — and points — in the Royals’ 20-7 homecoming victory over the Blaze (2-2) on Friday.

Cobb-Butler returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown to open Friday’s festivities and put the Royals up 7-0. That’s where the score stood late in the second quarter when Cobb-Butler intercepted a Burnsville pass and took it 36 yards back for his second score of the game to give Woodbury a 14-0 advantage en route to the Royals moving to a perfect 4-0 on the season.

Cobb-Butler even kicked the extra point after the touchdown, for good measure.

Cobb-Butler led a Woodbury performance that heavily featured the Royals’ defense and special teams units. Neither offense got much going Friday, but Woodbury’s defense was dominant, with Royals edge rusher Kayode Amusan living in Burnsville’s backfield.

One Burnsville playmaker who was able to make his presence felt was Eric Kilgore. On the opening possession of the second half, Kilgore caught a quick out, made a Woodbury defender miss and raced 75 yards for a score to cut the Woodbury lead in half.

But Woodbury responded in the ensuing drive — which featured a successful fake punt in Burnsville territory on fourth and four and ended in a five-yard rushing touchdown for Isaiah Tisdle.

The Royals struck gold on multiple fourth-down conversions near midfield in the second half, also converting one midway through the fourth quarter on a strike from George Bjellos to Kipp Koeplin to extend a drive that milked much of the game’s remaining clock.

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