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Beal City senior Ty Rollin (25) spins off a tackle against Sacred Heart and runs in for a touchdown at Beal City during the district final Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. (Sun photo by KEN KADWELL/@KenKadwell).
PREP FOOTBALL: Ty Rollin's 31 straight points leads Beal City to shutout win in D8 district final over Sacred Heart
Beal City senior Hayden Huber (7) runs up middle against Sacred Heart for a gain of three yards at Beal City during the district final Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. (Sun photo by KEN KADWELL/@KenKadwell).
Sacred Heart sophomore Zackery Kujat is stopped by Beal City during a kick return. (Sun photo by KEN KADWELL/@KenKadwell).
Beal City senior Ty Rollin (25) scores one of his four touchdowns during the Division 8 district final Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. He finished with 10 carries for 176 yards. (Sun photo by KEN KADWELL/@KenKadwell).
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It was only 10 total carries for the Beal City High School senior running back Friday night in the Division 8 district final against rival Sacred Heart, but it was plenty enough to account for 176 yards and four touchdowns.
When coupled with a 21-yard field goal and his first four of five point-after makes, Rollin accounted for the first 31 points in the Aggies’ 38-0 shutout victory.
“He is a playmaker,” said Beal City head coach Lou Rau of Rollin. “When you need a big play, he is the guy to go to.”
The Aggies (11-0) advance to the regional final round and will host St. Ignace Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. Sacred Heart ends its season with a 7-4 record.
In the two wins by Beal City over the Irish this year, the score was a combined 99-0 as it toppled Sacred Heart 61-0 in the season opener.
While Beal City eventually broke the game wide open in the second half, it had some trouble pulling away in the first half as both squads could not put anything together on their first drive.
It was not until late in the first quarter that Rollin found the end zone for the first time on a 6-yard toss left. His point-after kick gave Beal City a 7-0 lead.
Sacred Heart forced another Aggies punt on their next drive and Rau said after the game he was none too pleased with the execution early.
“I wish we would have played a little more inspired in the first half, but that happens,” Rau said. “It’s a good win. Sacred Heart played tough and wasn’t going to make anything easy.”
The second Rollin score came after a Kurt Gross 37-yard pass to Alex Schafer set it up on the first play of the drive. Rollin went in from eight yards out and his PAT pushed it to 14-0, which is where it would stand at halftime.
Sacred Heart had its moments in the first half and throughout the night as it went into Beal City territory on many occasions, unlike when the two rivals met in the opener.
But whenever the Aggies needed a big play out of their defense, it seemed to get one including on the last two Irish possessions of the half as a turnover on downs and an interception by Alex Matthews thwarted promising drives.
“We couldn’t sustain anything offensively,” Sacred Heart coach Rick Roberts said. “We’d make some plays and gain some yardage, but they are so tough up front. We struggled running the ball when we needed to be able to run it a little bit. I didn’t want to be one-dimensional.”
After deferring to the second half, Beal City received the ball to start the third quarter and immediately embarked on a nine-play drive that hit a halt at the 4-yard line as Sacred Heart forced a fourth down situation.
Rollin put on his kicking shoe quickly and proceeded to nail a 21-yarder to increase the Aggies’ advantage to 17-0.
Another big defensive play followed as Nick Hoogerhyde intercepted a ball at midfield, withstood a facemask call and took the ball deep into Irish territory.
Once again, Rollin scored three plays later as the lead ballooned to 24-0 with 4:42 left in the third quarter on his 5-yard run.
Rollin put a capper on his unbelievable night with a 90-yard scamper three plays into the fourth quarter as he raced untouched to the end zone.
Alex Schafer completed the scoring as he took a carry 42 yards inside the SHA 5-yard line, then he scored two plays later on a 3-yard run.
Rau did not downplay the win one bit, noting that the rivalry between the two schools turns every game into a big stage
“This is a huge hurdle, just with the rivalry and everything,” Rau added. “It puts a lot more pressure on everyone. It’s one of those, ‘Let’s get it over with’ type things. It’s tough to play a team twice and it’s tough when the kids are so close to each other and know each other so well.”
Gross completed 4-of-7 through the air for 54 yards, while Schafer finished with seven rushes for 77 yards and the one reception for 37. Ryan Tilmann caught two passes for 17 yards.
Beal City totaled 332 yards, 278 of those coming via the ground attack.
Schafer also had a team-best 9.5 tackles along with a sack. Tucker Gross added 6.5 tackles, while Hayden Huber had five. Hoogerhyde added four stops along with his pick.
Brooks Hyble had five catches for 88 yards to lead the Irish and also gave Sacred Heart its closest shot at a touchdown. On fourth-and-goal-at the Beal City 10-yard line, he reeled in the pass attempt from Dustin Neyer but was ruled to be out of bounds.
Rollin outraced the Irish defense 90 yards on the very next play.
“I told the guys that when they look back on this, they are going to see that we had a pretty good year,” Roberts said.
Last Updated: 11/11/2013 11:06:14 AM EST