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Woodhaven topples reigning champ Roosevelt, improves to 7-0 PHOTO GALLERY

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With a 42-27 victory against visiting Roosevelt Friday night, Woodhaven secured its hold on first place in the Downriver League and all but eliminated the Bears’ hopes of even sharing a fifth consecutive title.

The Warriors (7-0, 7-0 DRL) amassed about 500 yards of total offense against Roosevelt (5-2, 5-2 DRL) led by quarterback Niko France.

Woodhaven’s speedy senior signal-caller rushed for about 185 yards, ran in three scores and tossed a 47-yard touchdown pass to Trent Bauer.

Fullback Jake Przybylo ran for about 160 yards and crossed the goal line twice, while Darious Nundley rushed for about 75 yards on the night.

Przybylo kicked things off with a 37-yard touchdown halfway through the first quarter and after a 2-point conversion from LaFranz Hemphill the hosts led 8-0. The points followed up a fumble recovery by Rasheed Patterson.

In the final seconds of the first quarter, France hit Bauer and he was off to the races, making it 15-0 after the extra point.

About four minutes into the second quarter, Roosevelt quarterback Donovan Stewart scored the first of three consecutive touchdowns for the visitors, as he hit pay dirt from 15 yards out and made it a 15-7 game, following the extra point.

The Bears then cashed on a Woodhaven turnover as Stewart hit Logan Carroll with a touchdown pass less than two minutes later and trailed by only a point.

For the night, Stewart was 18-for-31 passing for 204 yards, along with two touchdown passes and three interceptions. Tyler Thorington had four catches for 56 yards, while Richard Rosemond had two catches for 52 yards and a touchdown and Gino Martino had six grabs for 51 yards.

To take a six-point advantage in the contest, Roosevelt drove down field again and Cecil Greene scored on a short touchdown run at the 1:08 mark. Greene was the squad’s leading rusher, as he ran 20 times for 85 yards Friday night.

It was a lead that Roosevelt wouldn’t take into the half, however.

Woodhaven quickly got down into Bears’ territory and France capped the drive with a short touchdown run with just four seconds left in the second quarter, sending his team to the locker room up 22-21.

With Roosevelt looking like it might re-take the lead in the third quarter, Rashod Johnson picked off a pass in the end zone, which was his first of two interceptions on the night.

At the 5:51 mark of the third quarter, France took off for a 42-yard touchdown run and after a missed PAT his squad was up 28-21.

The Bears answered less than two minutes later, as Stewart hit Rosemond with a 43-yard touchdown strike. The PAT was missed and the blue and gold trailed by a point.

Late in the third quarter, the Warrirors were able to pull away, as Przybylo took off for a 40-yard touchdown run and was followed soon after by France, who bolted 65 yards down the left sideline and put the purple and white up 42-27 with about a minute to go.

Roosevelt had its chances in the fourth quarter, but interceptions by Przybylo and Johnson, along with a successful fake punt run of 37 yards by Nick Towianski, sealed the win and kept Woodhaven undefeated.

Both teams will be on the road next week, as the Warriors will head to Melvindale and the Bears will be at Truman.

Last Updated: 10/11/2014 12:55:28 PM EST

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