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FOOTBALL: Roosevelt hangs 41 on Truman, eyes perfect 9-0 regular season (PHOTO/TOUT VIDEO)
Quarterback Donovan Stewart led a varied Roosevelt attack that scored 41 points and led to a victory over Truman. The loss eliminated Truman from Downriver League title contention and put the Bears just one win away from a perfect 9-0 regular season. Photo by Larry Caruso
On Friday night in Wyandotte, the Cougars (6-2) were stopped yet again, as the Bears (8-0) rolled to a 41-30 victory in what was looked to by most as the Downriver League’s game of the year.
Early on, Truman came out strong and jumped out to a 14-0 lead. However unbeaten Roosevelt, led by quarterback Donovan Stewart’s four touchdown throws, charged back and showed that the team is poised for yet another deep playoff run this season.
The Cougars, who were later hampered by injuries, scored about four minutes into the game on a touchdown run from Clarence Massey and went up 8-0 following a successful two-point conversion. The drive was helped along by a personal foul penalty against the Bears. For the night, Massey ran the ball 24 times for 82 yards and two touchdowns.
With the ball back, Stewart took off on a quarterback keeper for about 20 yards, but the junior fumbled and Truman recovered.
The Cougars promptly put it on the turf, as well, but Leon Contreras picked up the bouncing ball and took it 37 yards for a touchdown. A two-point try failed and Truman held a 14-0 lead with about four minutes left in the first quarter. Contreras led his team for the night with 15 carries for 123 yards and a touchdown.
Roosevelt was able to answer late in the quarter after Stewart connected with fullback Kyle Matejko in the end zone for a six-yard touchdown strike. Kicker Jacob Simpson nailed the extra point and for the game was perfect yet again on PAT tries
Truman extended its lead to 22-7 at 7:19 of the second quarter with a short touchdown run by Massey and a successful two-point try.
About two minutes later, Stewart connected with receiver Brandon Sowards for a 40-yard touchdown catch. Sowards finished the night with three catches for 92 yards and a touchdown.
With less than a minute left, the Bears cut the deficit to just one point after a 14-yard touchdown pass from Stewart to Donnie Corley made it a 22-21 game. Overall, Corely caught four passes from Stewart for 92 yards and two touchdowns.
In addition to his four touchdowns throws, Stewart finished 8-for-15 passing for 187 yards Friday evening.
“We seen the weaknesses in the defense and the wide receivers were wide open and they just made plays for me,” said Stewart. “I had some good blocks. (The line) gave me enough time to get the ball off and that’s all that matters and we got into the end zone.”
As the second half got under way, the Bears grabbed the lead and never looked back.
Roosevelt Running back D’Aries Davis scored just two minutes into the third quarter with an eight-yard run for a touchdown, which gave Roosevelt a 27-22 advantage after a failed two-point try. Davis finished the night with 14 carries for 160 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
About two minutes later Damon Singleton recovered a Truman fumble and the Bears quickly added seven more points after Stewart hit Corley again for a touchdown.
For Roosevelt Coach Ron Adams, his combination of a strong running and passing game stood out for him Friday night, as he said it makes the Bears dangerous going forward.
“It really does create a nice situation on offense because we’ve got numerous guys that can do good things with the ball in space.”
That powerful attack seemed to ultimately take its toll on the Cougars, he said.
“It felt like to me, like we wore them down,” Adams said. “We kind of broke their will to want to continue to play.”
Early in the fourth quarter Truman was on the Roosevelt 9-yard line, helped out by a pass interference call, but failed to score and turned the ball over on downs.
To extend the Bears’ lead to 41-22, Davis took a handoff and bolted 26 yards to pay dirt.
The Cougars added a late touchdown by Donavin Rubens, but it was too little too late and the Bears walked off their home field with a 41-30 victory.
Truman Coach Eric Stiegel said Friday’s defeat won’t stick in his mind, as the team has another big game next week, at Melvindale (7-1), and then will head to the postseason.
“I’m not going to dwell on the loss now, because we’ve got bigger things ahead of us right now, we’re going to make some corrections,” he said. “We’ve got a very tough team next week; we’ve got to get it up for them and for the playoffs.”
“We are who we are and we’re just going to keep going at people.”
Roosevelt will wrap up the regular next week with another home game, as the Bears will welcome in Taylor Kennedy.
Last Updated: 10/19/2013 3:36:39 AM EST