Plowboys tame Roby in 4-2A opener

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

ROSCOE — A good start is always a good thing.
And on Friday, the Roscoe Plowboys opened District 4-2A, Division II play with a 47-6 win over a Roby team that had gone 5-0 in non-district play.
The Lions never led in the game as Roscoe jumped out to a 13-0 lead after one quarter and led 27-6 at halftime. It was 41-6 going to the fourth quarter for the Plowboys, now 4-2 overall, whose losses came against No. 5 Albany (12-52) and Anson (40-43). But coach Jake Freeman knows that playing tough games early helped his team prepare for district play.
“We’ve been doing it this way ever since I’ve been here,” he said. “We wanted to get started on a positive note and jump on them early. In the end we’re 1-0 in district, and that’s what really matters.”
Roscoe amassed nearly 500 yards on offense, with 316 yards rushing and 177 passing, while holding Roby to just 155 total yards and intercepting four passes — two by Brandon Lavalais and one by Diego Garcia and Jose Ortega.
Jayden Gonzales threw four touchdown passes, three in the first half. Francisco Garcia led the run game with 232 yards and three scores, and was one of four Plowboys with a TD catch. Clemente Aguayo, Lavalais and Ortega had the other scoring receptions.
Freeman was impressed by how the defense played.
“I thought the defense played excellent,” he said. “They really swarmed to the football.”
The defense caught nearly as many passes in the game as the Lions, who were just 5-of-19 in the air. Their only score was an 8-yard run by Kyler Covington early in the second quarter that cut the lead to 13-6.
Roscoe answered with two scores in less than two minutes, first on a 14-yard Gonzales TD pass to Ortega and then a 62-yard run by Garcia to make it 27-6. A TD pass to Garcia in the second half — which was followed by two more Garcia scoring runs which went for 5 and 52 yards — sealed the final outcome.
Lavalais had four catches for 73 yards to the Plowboys’ receivers. Parker Payne had six tackles and two assists and Garrett Bowers recorded six tackles as well.