For most of the first half, a young Roscoe team held its own with Hawley in the opening game of the seventh annual Sammy Baugh Classic on Thursday.
But the Bearcats forced six fumbles, racked up nearly 500 yards of offense and pulled away in the second half for a 45-7 victory.
Roscoe (0-2) pulled off the gameâs longest scoring play on an 81-yard run by sophomore Luke Rovig in the second quarter, and Eric Padillaâs extra point tied the game up at 7 apiece. But Hawley (2-0) answered with a five-play, 80-yard drive to regain a 14-7 lead and the Bearcats never looked back.
Perhaps the Plowboysâ most costly fumble came on its next series after Rovigâs touchdown.
Hawley took over at Roscoeâs 29 and needed just three plays to expand its lead to 21-7 before blowing the game open with a 17-point third quarter.
Roscoe was able to move the ball in the first half as the Plowboys had 187 yards on 20 rushes.
But the second half pro-duced the same number of fumbles (3) as first downs and Hawley took full ad-vantage of Roscoeâs mistakes to put the game out of reach.
Coach Jonathan Haseloff said growing pains are to be expected with so many young and inexperienced players on the team, and Roscoeâs non-district sche-dule â which still includes games with good teams from Stamford, Merkel and Munday â doesnât help.
Still, Haseloff saw some positive signs Thursday. âWeâve got a pair of sopho-mores (Rovig and quarterback Dillon Freeman) that are going to be good for us and theyâre trying really hard,â he said. âAnd Padilla had a really good offensive game (100 yards rushing on 16 carries) until he suffered a hand injury in the fourth quarter. Our oleâ kids didnât quit. We just had some un-fortunate things happen.â
Freeman didnât attempt a pass as Roscoe stuck to its running game the entire game â and got decent production for the second consecutive week when it was able to hold on to the ball. Rovig finished with 92 yards on five carries and has scored both of Roscoeâs touchdowns this season.
Hawley spread the wealth around offensively, as five different players had a rush-ing touchdown and two of them, Levi Irby and Bryce Devore, ran for over 100 yards. Irby and Padilla were selected as their teamsâ players of the game.