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Click here for another photo gallery Heading into Thursday night’s season opener, Roosevelt had beaten Trenton by 27 or more points in each of the last four meetings. While this year’s contest wasn’t quite as one-sided, Coach Ron Adams and his Bears (1-0, 1-0 Downriver League) had more than one reason to be happy with the 27-9 road victory in Week 1. “It’s big when you play Trenton, first of all,” Adams said. “It’s big when it’s the first game of the year. It’s big when you have no returners coming back on the defensive side and you play extremely well. “ Roosevelt got the job done with quite a few new starters on offense, as well, including junior Tyler Thorington, who had five catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns. Delivering the ball to Thorington was a familiar name, however, as quarterback Donavan Stewart is back under center for his senior season. Stewart was 10-for-14 passing, without an interception, and threw for a total of 222 yards and three touchdowns. He also debuted a new weapon in his arsenal, as he looked strong running the ball and scored on a 29-yard scamper at the 4:37 mark of the first quarter, which was the game’s first touchdown. Thorington, who is also the kicker this year, hit the extra point after Stewart’s score and was 3-for-4 on PATs, missing only his last one. To put the visitors up by two scores, Stewart was able to find Thorington open for a 25-yard touchdown pass with about two minutes left in the first quarter. For the Trojans, standout quarterback Christian Mercure went down early with a leg injury and junior Patrick Czarnecki had to step in. The junior looked comfortable running the offense, which features quite a few running plays for the quarterback position, and he finished with about 100 yards rushing for the evening. “Given the circumstances I thought he did a great job,” said Trenton Coach Bob Czarnecki. “He didn’t get a lot of reps (in practice). We ran a handful of plays because I was sure that he knew those. Christian gets most of the reps because he’s the guy.” Trenton finally got on the board at the 6:34 mark of the second quarter when kicker Brady Tanguay easily drilled a 39-yard field goal to make it a 14-3 game. Unfortunately for the Trojans, they couldn’t stop the Bears from scoring two more times before the half ended. Stewart hit Thorington for a 62-yard touchdown and with less than two minutes to go he found Todd Sutherby with a 44-yard scoring strike. To open the third quarter, the Bears’ Richard Rosemond took off for a 60-yard kick return into Trojans territory, but his team was unable to capitalize then or at any time in the final 24 minutes. Late in the third, Patrick Czarnecki burst down field for what looked to be a 96-yard touchdown run for Trenton, but it was called back due to penalty and the ball was placed back inside Trojans’ territory. With less than two minutes to go in the game, Trenton was finally able to add some more points, as Jake Nabozny scored on a 14-yard touchdown run. After a failed two-point try, the hosts trailed 27-9, which would ultimately be the final score. For the night, Rosemond was Roosevelt’s leading rusher with 31 yards on four carries, while Sutherby was second to Thorington in receiving yards with 57. The Trojans’ Max Boler was second to Patrick Czarnecki in rushing yards, as he carried the ball four times for 31 yards and Grant McClellan was third with three carries for 23 yards. Also, Tanguay, Vinnie Bartaway and Stephen Hubbard all caught a pass for Trenton. Next week, the Trojans will travel to Allen Park and Roosevelt will welcome in Lincoln Park.
Stewart, Thorington guide Roosevelt past Trenton in season opener PHOTO GALLERY/TOUT VIDEO
Football - 8/28/2014 7 p.m.
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