ROBY — Roscoe’s bid to seize the No. 3 and final playoff spot from Roby in District 7-1A, Division II was met with stiff resistance Friday on the Lions’ home field — and we’re not talk-ing about the wind, either.
Roby, which led both Roscoe and Cross Plains by a game for the No. 3 spot coming in, nailed down its playoff berth with a con-vincing 40-14 victory.
The Lions finished 5-2 in district and 6-4 overall while ending the regular season on a three-game winning streak. Roscoe, which need-ed to win by 15 points or more due to Cross Plains’ win on Friday over Ranger, finishes 3-4 in district and 4-6 overall. Roby’s only district losses were to Albany and Hamlin, who played for the 7-1A title on Friday with Albany winning 17-14.
The Lions were not ser-iously threatened after taking a 20-0 lead at the end of one quarter. It was 34-0 by halftime. Roscoe finally scored in the third quarter on a 14-yard run by Jesus Leanos, and the Plowboys got their final points on a 9-yard pass from Brayden Beal to Shelton Toliver in the final stanza.
Roby’s powerful offense out-gained Roscoe 498-271. The Lions had 283 yards rushing and another 215 in the air. Roscoe, which attempted 20 more passes than Roby, threw for 181 yards and ran for 90. Beal and Cutter Davila combined to go 16-for-34 passing. Tol-iver led receivers with 10 catches for 107 yards, while Leanos had five catches for 65 yards and Kevin Lavalais had one catch for 9 yards.
Beal led Roscoe’s rush-ing attack with 51 yards on eight carries. Davila and Leanos had 15 and 14 yards, respectively.
Despite the loss to Roby, Roscoe made progress un-der first-year head coach Jake Freeman. The four wins this season is double the number of victories the Plowboys had in 2011-12, when Roscoe was 0-10 and 2-8, respectively.