Roscoe romps; Highland falls

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

Roscoe still has a playoff path after beating Baird on Friday. However, Highland — despite a 6-3 overall record this season — was eliminated from contention after losing to No. 2-ranked Garden City. Garden City will face Sterling City this week to decide playoff seeding in 8-1A, Division I.
Roscoe 62,
Baird 14
ROSCOE — Roscoe may have only a 3-6 season record, but the Plowboys can claim a playoff seed out of 7-2A, D-II by knocking off Cross Plains on Friday.
By defeating Baird, Roscoe (1-3) is tied for fourth place with Haskell. It trails Cross Plains (2-2) by a game heading into the final regular season game and could force a tiebreaker to decide the two teams who will join co-leaders Hamlin and Albany in the playoffs.
Roscoe’s dominating victory eliminated Baird (0-4) from playoff contention.
The Plowboys scored a season-high point total, taking a 35-0 halftime lead and tacking on 27 third-quarter points to end the damage.
Roscoe’s Gary Shaw had 207 yards rushing and two TDs. Quarterback Jayden Gonzales threw for four TDs — two to Junior Martinez and one each to Shaw and Brandon Lavalais — and ran for one TD. Shaw also forced a fumble that Nick Limones recovered and returned for a TD. Jose Ortega did it all, as he intercepted a Baird pass and returned it for a score, kicked four extra points and had a two-point conversion run. On defense he also had a team-high seven solo tackles plus his two interceptions.
Roscoe outgained Baird 493-269, passing for 201 yards and rushing for 292.
Lavalais (3 for 52), Martinez (2 for 61), Ortega (2 for 32), Barrett Beal (2 for 16) and Shaw (1 for 40) all caught passes. Shaw had TD runs of 61 and 65 yards.
Garden City 56,
Highland 6
GARDEN CITY — Host Garden City (9-0, 3-0 district) allowed one score on Sam Spaulding’s 14-yard TD pass to Nolan Montgomery late in the second period. Highland trailed 50-6 after scoring with 1:11 left, and didn’t get to play much longer as Garden City ended things on the 45-point rule in the third quarter at the 4:10 mark.
Highland was held to just 38 yards rushing on 21 tries, although Spaulding did have 119 yards passing on 8-of-13 accuracy, with Dakota Bowen and Montgomery his top receivers.
Highland hurt itself with three lost fumbles and two interceptions, but recovered two fumbles in falling to 1-2 in district play with one game left. Highland ends its season this Friday, when the Hornets play host to a 1-2 Water Valley squad.