ROSCOE — It looked as if it might be a long night for Roscoe when Cross Plains’ Blake Hutchins ran 87 yards for a touchdown just over a minute in. But the Plowboys responded with two scores of their own for a 12-7 lead.
Ultimately, Cross Plains — and Hutchins — were too much to overcome, howev-er, as the Buffaloes regained the lead before halftime and pulled away over the final two periods for a 27-12 win at Plowboy Field.
Roscoe — which had ended a 14-game winless streak with a 14-0 victory at Baird the previous week in its District 7-A, Division II opener — fell to 1-1 in district play (1-4 overall) but had plenty of fight against Cross Plains (2-0, 3-2).
Eduardo Gallegos ran for 116 yards and scored twice in the first quarter to give Roscoe a 12-7 lead, but the Plowboys could not score after that.
Gallegos bolted 68 yards for his first TD to make it 7-6, and Roscoe then launched an 80-yard drive capped by Gallegos’ 1-yard TD to take the lead.
But Hutchins (222 yards on 31 carries) came back to give the Buffaloes a 13-12 edge at intermission on a 3-yard run, and he scored two more times after that to put the Plowboys away.
Roscoe launched promi-sing drives at the end of the first half and again at the start of the second, getting into scoring range both times, but was unable to finish them off.
Still leading just 13-12, Cross Plains put together a long drive to make it 20-12, with Hutchins scoring on a 3-yard run, and its last score came after a muffed punt allowed it to start at Roscoe’s 9-yard line.
Coach Jonathan Haseloff said he thinks his team is still progressing despite losing its first district game.
“I’m not happy with a loss,” he said after the game, “but I think we’re getting better. We made them work for most of their points tonight. They converted three fourth downs on us. I told them not to get their heads down because it’s a long season.”
Roscoe faces a huge chal-lenge this Friday when the team travels to always-tough Albany, the district favorite, but after that the schedule gets much easier as only one other team — Hamlin — currently has a winning season record.
“If we’ll just stay mentally focused and keep having good practices like we have the last two weeks I think we can accomplish some good things,” Haseloff said.
In addition to Gallegos’ running, quarterback Cutter Davila threw for 132 yards. “I thought we executed our offense for the most part and that our line blocked well,” Haseloff said.