Padyn Kesselring ‘19: Challenging the Detroit Catholic Central Shamrocks in last Saturday’s semi-final matchup, the Romeo varsity football team watched as their incredible playoff run came to an end, losing 17-0.
“It was a battle up front,” Kade Messner ‘17 said. “I’m truly proud of how hard we played. We were very undersized but never gave up.”
Proving to be a challenge, both teams had trouble moving the ball and the only early scoring came just before the end of the first half, when Catholic Central kicked a field goal. It wasn’t until the final five minutes of the game that Catholic Central found the endzone twice, pushing their lead to 17-0.
Romeo’s offense struggled throughout the game, totaling 94 yards of offense. In the final game of their high school football careers’ Messner rushed for 27 yards, while Ryan Medley ‘17 rushed for 28. Throwing into the strong wind, quarterback, Austen Malczewski ‘17 had a tough day passing, going 4/14 for a total of 12 yards.
Keeping the Bulldogs in the game, the Bulldog defense shut down a powerful Catholic Central offense for majority of the game. Leading the way was Messner and Medley who both recovered fumbles, Messner also totaled 13 tackles and Medley finished with eight. Messner also made an incredible play at the goal line to prevent a Catholic Central touchdown in the first half. Contributing also was Brock Horne ‘19 and Dakota O’Neil with 13 tackles. Bailey Kamego ‘18 and Bryan Carie ‘17 each contributed a sack.
The Bulldogs ended the season 9-4, winning back to back regional titles for the first time in school history. Romeo must now part ways with its seniors; Chase Arendts, Kade Messner, Austen Malczewski, Dakota O’Neil, Jackson Butcher, Michael Ohanian, Davion Cameron, Andrew Smith, Gavin Ganfield, Joel Smith, Matt Amatto, Stefan Popescu, Nicholas Paver, Barret Brunkey, John Thom, Andrew Becker, Anthony Makdisi, Joseph Schneider, Noah McNulty, Zach Palmer, Bryan Carie, Alvin Resner, Zach Felts, Louis Thom, Brandon Hosey, Daniel Jones, Griffin Rolfs, Anthony Larock, Eddie Dopkowski, Ethan Ross, Tyler Walker, Brandon Motoligin and Ryan Medley.
“It’s been a great career,” Medley said. “I’m beyond proud of all my personal and team’s accomplishments. Winning states last year and making it to the semi-finals this year was amazing. Without football there’s going to be a big hole in my life.”