ROSCOE — For years, the Roscoe Plowboys have been blowing out district opponents and making the playoffs. And Friday’s 53-7 win over Rotan at Plowboy Field made it 13 straight trips to the postseason for one of the state’s most successful Class 1A programs.
The Smith boys — Caden and Collin — had a hand in seven of the eight touch-downs as Roscoe (3-2, 4-6)clinched the third and final playoff spot in District 7-A. Rotan dropped to 0-5, 1-9.
Roscoe came in knowing it had to win its final district game in order to make the playoffs. And from the very start — when Cody Graham returned the kickoff 72 yards to set up Collin Smith’s 3-yard touchdown run — there was little doubt about the outcome. It was 13-0 after one period, and 33-0 Roscoe at halftime.
Next up is Munday, the District 8-A runnerup. The teams will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Jim Ned. Munday (8-2) ended the regular season Friday by beating Archer City 32-20.
Collin Smith also had two other scoring runs against Rotan, while Caden Smith scored twice on runs and also threw touchdown passes of 40 and 54 yards to Anthony Castor.
“We had a goal in mind of what we had to do and we accomplished it,” said head coach Jonathan Haseloff, who replaced Wes Williams after last season.
Caden Smith rushed for 120 yards on 13 runs, while Collin Smith had 68 yards on 15. Caden Smith, Roscoe’s quarterback, also threw for 124 yards on 5-0f-9 passing with no interceptions.
Roscoe got its other score on Austin Carrasco’s 65-yard punt return midway through the second quarter. Punting was something that Rotan did a lot of Friday — the Yellowhammers had to kick it away nine times, while Roscoe didn’t punt a single time. The Plowboys also had three times as much yardage (342-114).
Munday and Roscoe have already met once this season and the Moguls won 31-0 in a non-district matchup. But the Plowboys are playing their best ball of the season, having won three of their last four games after a 1-5 start while averaging over 34 points. And Roscoe’s non-district record also included losses to No. 2-ranked Albany and Stam-ford, currently ranked just outside the top 10 in Class A. “We’re just happy to be in the playoffs and now we’ll start preparing for it,” Haseloff said.