posted its third straight blowout victory Friday night, beating Lincoln Park 41-0 in Wyandotte.
The win sets up a huge matchup next week as the Bears (4-0) travel to Taylor Truman and clash with the also undefeated Cougars (4-0). The loser will fall to second place in the Downriver League standings.
Early on Friday night, the Bears struggled a bit to take care of the business at hand, which was a Railsplitters team hungry to break its state-record , which now stands at 56 games. The streak also has made the team the subject of the MTV reality pilot ; however, no cameras followed the Rails to Wyandotte on Friday night.
During its first two possessions of the game, Roosevelt fumbled three snaps. Although it recovered each one, it helped to slow down the team offensively.
The game remained scoreless until Jacob Simpson put Wyandotte on the board with a 12-yard field goal at 4:51 of the first quarter, giving his team a 3-0 lead.
Roosevelt quarterback Kevin Matejko added to the lead when he hit receiver Devan Stewart with a 15-yard touchdown pass in the final seconds of the first quarter. Overall the pair connected for three touchdowns Friday night and Matejko threw for 201 yards.
Now in his second season as Roosevelt’s starting quarterback, Matejko said a stronger belief in his abilities, and in his teammates, has made it less difficult to complete passes in 2012.
“Compared to last year, it’s way easier,” Matejko said. “I’m way more confident. I have a lot more confidence in my receivers.”
To start the second quarter, Lincoln Park went on a nearly seven-minute drive, but came away empty after a missed field goal try. Throughout the night, a relentless Roosevelt defense, coupled with several Lincoln Park mistakes and penalties, helped keep the visitors off the board.
The Bears got the ball back after the missed field goal and went on a long drive of their own. Aaron Robinson and Kyle Matejko both came through with big rushing gains, helping to set up a 26-yard touchdown reception by Stewart, giving Wyandotte a 17-0 lead late in the second quarter.
With the half almost over, the Bears struck one more time. Kevin Matejko hit receiver David Skarzynski at the 5-yard line with a 39-yard pass, then found Stewart on the next play for a touchdown with only 26 seconds left in the half, putting Roosevelt up 24-0.
Early in the second half, Kevin Matejko tossed a 43-yard completion to Thomas Cannon, setting up the Bears at the Lincoln Park 1-yard line. On the next play, Damon Singleton scored on a short run to make it 31-0.
Rounding out the scoring for Roosevelt Friday night was a 1-yard touchdown run from Aaron Robinson in the third quarter and a field goal by Simpson in the fourth quarter.
With a tough Truman team up next, Wyandotte head coach Ron Adams said winning against the Cougars will require the passing game to be as successful as it was against the Rails.
“What we did do well I believe is that we protected the quarterback,” Adams said of Friday night’s game. “We gave Kevin a chance to throw the ball. He threw the ball really well, I think, and that’s encouraging because we’re going to have to have a balanced attack next week in order to beat Truman.”
A Look Ahead
Wyandotte travels to Truman on Friday night for a first-place battle with the Cougars. The game should be a big draw, as it will be Truman's homecoming and will likely be one of the week's top high school football matchups in metropolitan Detroit.
Truman beat Allen Park (2-2) on Friday night 38-0 and Gibraltar Carslon beat Southgate Anderson (0-4) 27-14. Wyandotte, Truman and Gibraltar Carlson (4-0) all sit atop the Downriver League.