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 game’s longest scoring play on an 81-yard run by sophomore Luke Rovig in the second quarter, and Eric Padilla’s 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 Plowboys’ most costly fumble came on its next series after Rovig’s touchdown.
Hawley took over at Roscoe’s 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 Roscoe’s 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 Roscoe’s non-district sche-dule — which still includes games with good teams from Stamford, Merkel and Munday — doesn’t help.
Still, Haseloff saw some positive signs Thursday. “We’ve got a pair of sopho-mores (Rovig and quarterback Dillon Freeman) that are going to be good for us and they’re trying really hard,” he said. “And Padilla had a really good offensive game (100 yards rushing on 16 carries) until he suffered a hand injury in the fourth quarter. Our ole’ kids didn’t quit. We just had some un-fortunate things happen.”
Freeman didn’t attempt a pass as Roscoe stuck to its running game the entire game — 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 Roscoe’s 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 teams’ players of the game.