On what was a cold and rainy homecoming night in Wyandotte, the Roosevelt Bears easily sank the Gibraltar Carlson Marauders 35-7.
Following last week’s crushing defeat at Woodhaven, the Bears (6-1) recovered by beating a Gibraltar (4-3) team that has played better than many expected it to this season.
“I kind of felt like it was going to be a tipping point for us,” Wyandotte Roosevelt head coach Ron Adams said of Friday night’s contest.
“We knew going into this that Carlson was a good football team and it was either going to be bad (for us) or it was going to be really good and I’m glad that it was really good because I was very proud of our players (and) the way they responded."
The road to Roosevelt’s victory, which secures a seventh consecutive playoff berth, began with a 15-yard touchdown catch by receiver Brandon Sowards midway through the first quarter.
The Bears opened the second quarter by taking a 14-0 lead, following a short run to the end zone by running back D’Aries Davis.
About seven minutes later receiver Devan Stewart caught a pass from quarterback Kevin Matejko and ran 69 yards to paydirt.
With about one minute left before halftime Davis struck again, scoring from three yards out to give his team a commanding 28-0 lead.
Stewart, this time on defense, put the game out of reach with about five minutes left in the third quarter. As Carlson attempted a pass from around midfield, the senior defensive back picked it off and took it back the other way for a touchdown.
Afterward, Stewart said that the Bears were intent on bouncing back from the Woodhaven loss and putting up a strong performance at home this week against the Marauders.
“We just all wanted to come out and respond in a big way for our homecoming, especially for our seniors,” Stewart said.
Stewart finished the night with 191 all-purpose yards and scored two touchdowns. Davis had 11 rushing attempts for 42 yards and two touchdowns. Simpson was 5-for-5 on extra point attempts and on defense both Stewart and Austin Petravicius had interceptions.
A Look Ahead
Roosevelt travels to Allen Park next Friday to take on the Jaguars (5-2) at 7 p.m. The Bears remain in a three-way tie for first place in the Downriver League as Woodhaven and Taylor Truman both won Friday night. In the process the Warriors (6-1) and Cougars (6-1) also secured playoff berths this season.