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FOOTBALL: Bears prep for battle with Ypsi Lincoln (PHOTOS)
After a 9-0 regular season, Kyle Matejko and his mates are ready to come out and make some noise in the playoffs. Photo by Tom Alexander
Andrew Piasecki and the Roosevelt Bears beat Kennedy Friday night to cap a perfect 9-0 season. The Bears will meet Ypsilanti Lincoln in a first round state playoff game Friday.
Unbeaten Downriver League champion Roosevelt will face Ypsilanti Lincoln in a game that will be a rematch of a 2011 first-round battle between the two squads. That night the favored Bears got a scare from the Railsplitters, but hung on for a 28-21 victory.
This season the Rails have played well against some tough opponents and they present a well-balanced offensive attack, featuring quarterback Eugene Smith, running back Cam Williams and receivers K.J. Osborn and Lazon Hicks.
Along the way to its 7-2 record, Lincoln played four playoff teams, beating Belleville and Tecumseh and losing to undefeated league champions Bedford and Milan.
In the final game of the regular season, Lincoln lost a 20-13 dogfight with Huron League champ Milan.
“They’re going to get our full attention, no doubt about that,” said Roosevelt Coach Ron Adams.
“They’ve got a talented group and pretty good football players on their team. We’ve to go make sure we’ve got a good plan and we’re ready to go.”
For the Bears, the team will counter Lincoln with weapons such as quarterback Donovan Stewart, running back D’Aries Davis, receiver Brandon Sowards and fullback Kyle Matejko.
The Bears won their nine games this season by average score of 49-10 and the defense recorded four shutouts. Since the formation of the Downriver League in 2009, Roosevelt has an overall record of 47-8.
Last season the Bears saw Woodhaven in the first round of the state playoffs and beat them before advancing all the way to the Division 2 state semifinal where they lost to eventual state champ Birmingham Brother Rice.
Roosevelt is 5-2 in its last seven postseason games and the Beasr have been to the regional final and the state semifinal, respectively, each of the last two seasons.
Adams said he’s looking forward to his team taking on an opponent from outside of the Downriver League this time.
“One of the nice things is the simple fact that we’re not going to end up playing someone we’ve already played, so that should be something that motivates our players,” he said.
The winner of this contest will move on to play either Truman or Allen Park next week for the district championship.
Last Updated: 10/29/2013 2:55:51 PM EST