Roscoe still has hopes of ending a two-year playoff drought after the Plowboys’ high-scoring, come-from-behind 46-36 victory at Ranger this past Friday.
Roscoe’s win snapped a two-game losing skid and improved the team’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, there’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.
“We definitely believe we can make the playoffs,” said coach Jake Freeman. “These 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 don’t take care of business this week, nothing else matters.”
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 Roscoe’s second-half defensive effort and the play of his offense in both halves.
“We started executing better and focusing on reading our keys defensively,” he said. Roscoe has scored over 40 points in all three of its victories this season.
“The key to beating (Gor-man) is to limit their quar-terback’s big plays. He is a very talented dual threat with great speed,” Freeman said. “Defensively, they will run a 50 and run a loose man in the secondary.
“But if we give our quar-terback time to throw, he can have a big night.”