Football: Alexandria's Jaran Roste leads Bethel over No. 2-ranked St. John's

The former Alexandria Cardinals quarterback returns from injury to put up 321 yards and three passing touchdowns to lead the Royals to their highest-ranked win in program history this past Saturday.

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ST. PAUL — Alexandria native Jaran Roste is back for one last season leading the Bethel football program at quarterback, and he helped the Royals knock off the No. 2-ranked team in Division III on Saturday in his return from an injury.

Roste hurt his left elbow on his non-throwing arm during the Royals’ win over Pacific Lutheran University in the season opener on Sept. 3. He missed Bethel’s 10-7 loss at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, but with him back at quarterback, Bethel (2-1) bounced back by taking down St. John’s University on Sept. 24.

The Royals, ranked 20th in Division III, won by a 28-24 final. Roste connected with Micah Niewald on a 72-yard touchdown pass with 9:22 left in the game for what turned out to be the game-winning score.

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The win over the No. 2 Johnnies was the highest-ranked win in Bethel history. It was the first time the Royals have beaten SJU since the 2013 season.

Roste was named the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week offensively for his performance, while his teammate, sophomore Kamari Durmas, earned the MIAC’s Defensive Player of the Week honor.


Roste threw for 321 yards and three touchdowns on 19-of-29 passing. He also ran the ball three times for 43 yards.

The 321 yards is the second most yards Roste has thrown for during his Bethel career, and the fourth time he has surpassed the 300-yard mark in a game. He spread the ball around to six different receivers against SJU, with sophomore Joey Kidder of New Richmond, Wisc. catching five balls for 130 yards and a touchdown.

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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