Bears advance to district final
Nick McPhall, Reporter
The unbeaten Roosevelt Bears advance to the district final, after beating the Kicking Mules of Temperance Bedford in a wet and cold game Friday night as the first round of playoffs get underway.
The Bears were in seek of revenge after losing 43-21 to the Mules last season in the first round of playoffs.
The game started off with the Bears receiving the ball. Senior Ryley Stewart, received the kick and gained good yardage for the Bears offense. With six minutes left in the first, junior kicker Josh Castillo successfully made the field goal putting three points on the scoreboard for the Bears.
Bedford start off their first offensive drive fumbling the ball with the Bears on the recovery. Only a few plays later, senior running back Allen Woodward scored a touchdown with five minutes left in the first and the Bears went up 10-0.
With 3:46 left on the clock, Bedford fumbled again giving Wyandotte possession of the ball.
After being stopped on third down, the Bears missed their field goal attempt.
Only a few minutes into the second quarter, the Mules score their first touchdown making the score 10-7.
With 3:54 left in the half, senior quarterback Richie Miller found receiver Stewart open in the end zone and making a 40-yard touchdown pass. At halftime the Bears were leading 17-7. During the third quarter with 2:46 left on the clock, Miller managed to sneak into the end zone scoring another touchdown for the Bears. After the successful PAT attempt, the Bears were up 24-7.
The Mules were back on offense, but Roosevelt's defense managed to pin the team back to their end zone. With 45 seconds left in the third, Bedford fumbled for their third time allowing the Bears to recover the ball at the 1-yard line. Two plays later, senior fullback Hunter Sauve rushed in for a touchdown. After the PAT was missed, the Bears lead the game 30-7.
Half way through the fourth quarter, Bedford scored their final points off a 76-yard passing touchdown, making the score 30-14. Bedford then set up for an onside kick and recovered the ball with 5:55 left in the fourth.
Roosevelt’s defense stopped the Mules and forced a turnover on downs with a minute left in the game. According to Defensive Coordinator Jason Carpenter, the defence’s ability to recover turnovers really helped them in today's game. The Bears then took a knee to run the clock down, leaving the final score of the game 30-14.
“I thought it was a good performance. Offensively and defensively could control the line of scrimmage up front,” Carpenter said. “Our defensive line played extremely well.”
Roosevelt’s victory advances the team to the district final, in a matchup against Ypsilanti Lincoln next Friday.