Padyn Kesselring ‘19: Defeating Clarkston last Friday, Romeo romped their way to a 41-7 victory at Clarkston High School, claiming their second straight regional title.
“It’s so special,” Kade Messner ‘17 said in an interview for State Champs, “I know all of our hard work is paying off as a team.”
Starting off strong, the Bulldog’s offense found the endzone on the first drive of the game with Nate Goralski ‘18 punching in a touchdown from four yards out. Later in the quarter, Messner recovered a fumble, setting up a touchdown run for Malik Jones ‘18. Right before the half, Bailey Kamego ‘18 grabbed his first interception of the year which lead to a Ryan Medley ‘17 touchdown run. Going into the half, Romeo found themselves without a locker room but with a 21-0 lead.
Coming out of the half, the Wolves struck quickly on their first drive, cutting into the Bulldog lead. Clarkston’s momentum was short lived. Breaking loose, Goralski found the endzone from 82 yards out for his second touchdown of the night. After stopping the Clarkston offense, Messner scored on the very next offensive play for the Bulldogs, rushing 72 yards for the touchdown. After a Dakota O’Neill ‘17 interception, Joel Smith ‘17 rushed 57 yards for a touchdown on his 18th birthday.
Overall, the Romeo performance was overwhelming, on offense the Bulldogs rushed for six touchdowns from five different rushers and a total of 330 yards on the ground. Goralski lead the ground attack with 128 rushing yards on the night.
Leading the aerial assault, quarterback Austen Malczewski ‘17 completed 70% of his passes on the night racking up 140 passing yards, 68 of which were to Messner, the leading Bulldog receiver on the night. In total, the Romeo offense rolled all night with 470 yards of total offense.
Dominating a 10-2 Wolves offense, Bulldog’s defense looked impossible to score on. Forcing three turnovers, the Bulldogs defense looked strong. Leading the defense, O’Neill finished with 16 total tackles, and Brock Horne ‘19 added 10 total tackles. Messner ended the game with 9 total tackles, and a fumble recovery. The Romeo defense has allowed only 17 points through four playoff games.
The victory improved Romeo’s record to 9-3 and earned them a competition with Detroit Catholic Central, Saturday at Howell High School at 1 p.m.
“This game means everything,” Medley said. “They’re a great team and it’s going to be a tough test, but I have no doubt we’re coming out with the victory.’