A 38-6 season-opening loss to De Leon on Thursday at the Sammy Baugh Classic wasnâ€™t what Roscoe was hoping for. But head coach Jonathan Haseloff still saw encouraging signs for his team, which is coming off an 0-10 season.
â€śIâ€™m pleased with the way our kids performed for three quarters,â€ť he said of his Plowboys, who trailed just 18-6 at halftime. â€śBut when we came out in the second half we just made some awful boo-boos, being young, and weâ€™ve got to stop doing that. But I thought we did some things well and a lot of our young kids really stepped up.â€ť
Roscoe kept the game competitive for one half despite allowing De Leon to score on its third offensive play, and then score again to go up 15-0 with just under eight minutes left in the opening period.
But the defense recovered a fumble at the Bearcatsâ€™ 44 near the end of the quarter to set up Roscoeâ€™s only score on a 19-yard pass from Matthew Davila to Chris Deleon with 9:57 left in the first half.
After the defense got another stop, Roscoe moved from its 8-yard line to the De Leon 31 following a 23-yard completion from Davila to Deleon, but the drive stalled out from there.
Davila, a sophomore who was making his first start at quarterback, completed 15 of 27 passes for 116 yards. He found seven different receivers while running the teamâ€™s new spread offense.
De Leon threw just once â€” it was incomplete â€” but rushed for 469 yards in the game and averaged close to 10 yards a carry. Three players â€” Auston Sadberry, Kaleb Nowlin and Derek Patterson â€” had 100-yard rushing games and Sadberry and Patterson scored twice.
However, the biggest play of the game was produced by Nowlin, who fielded a short punt early in the third quarter and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown that increased De Leonâ€™s lead to 25-6. That fueled a 20-point third period surge that put the game away.
Nowlin and Roscoe run-ning back Eduardo Gallegos were named their respective team MVPs in a vote that was announced immediate-ly after the game.
Gallegos, a senior, had several strong runs for the Plowboys and finished with 106 yards on 16 carries.
Roscoe travels to Irion County next week.