Roscoe still has hopes of ending a two-year playoff drought after the Plowboysâ€™ high-scoring, come-from-behind 46-36 victory at Ranger this past Friday.
Roscoeâ€™s win snapped a two-game losing skid and improved the teamâ€™s record to 2-2 in District 7-1A, Divi-sion II. But to remain in contention for a playoff spot, the Plowboys will need to keep winning. Next up is 1-3 Gorman, which comes to Roscoe this Friday with kickoff at 7:30 p.m.
While Albany and Hamlin, both 4-0, are expected to claim the top two spots in District 7-1A, thereâ€™s plenty of suspense over who will get the No. 3 spot.
Roscoe is currently tied with Roby for fourth place, just one game behind Cross Plains (3-1) and a game up on Gorman, with just three games remaining. But Cross Plains takes on Hamlin this week while Roby is hosting Ranger (0-4), so the possi-bility of a three-way tie cer-tainly exists if the Plowboys beat Gorman.
â€śWe definitely believe we can make the playoffs,â€ť said coach Jake Freeman. â€śThese kids are playing extremely hard knowing that each game is the most important game of the year. All we can focus on now is beating Gorman. If we donâ€™t take care of business this week, nothing else matters.â€ť
Roscoe fell behind Ran-ger 16-0 before catching up in the second and third periods. Roscoe outscored Ranger 22-6 after halftime as the Plowboys overcame a 30-24 deficit. Quarterback Cutter Davila threw five TD passes, four of them to Shel-ton Toliver and the other to Max Nemir, who also had 101 yards rushing.
Nemir also enjoyed a big defensive game with 11 solo tackles, four of them for a loss, and five assists at linebacker while defensive end Sebastian Benivamondez had nine solo tackles, four for a loss, and three assists.
Freeman was pleased with Roscoeâ€™s second-half defensive effort and the play of his offense in both halves.
â€śWe started executing better and focusing on reading our keys defensively,â€ť he said. Roscoe has scored over 40 points in all three of its victories this season.
â€śThe key to beating (Gor-man) is to limit their quar-terbackâ€™s big plays. He is a very talented dual threat with great speed,â€ť Freeman said. â€śDefensively, they will run a 50 and run a loose man in the secondary.
â€śBut if we give our quar-terback time to throw, he can have a big night.â€ť