Elliott Byrd ‘22: On Friday, October 9th the 1-2 Romeo Bulldogs faced the 2-1 Stevenson Titans. Coming off a huge win against Eisenhower, the Bulldogs looked to carry their momentum to get their record back to .500.
The first two possessions for both teams ended poorly. Stevenson opted to go for it on fourth down in their territory and the Bulldogs stopped them. This meant Romeo started their opening drive only 25 yards away from their endzone. However, Romeo failed to capitalize on the great field position, as the Bulldogs missed their field goal attempt after three downs.
Romeo got their offense going later in the 1st quarter when Logan Rolfs ‘22 connected with Nino Brasza ‘21 on a 40-yard pass play. The big pass play set up a Brian St.Clair ‘21 touchdown on a run up the middle.
In the second quarter, Stevenson answered Romeo’s score when the Titan’s QB scrambled into the endzone to tie up the game. The score remained tied going into halftime.
The tie, then broken at the end of the third quarter, when Stevenson orchestrated a perfect drive ending with another QB run into the endzone. Before the third quarter, Romeo tried to answer back with a scoring drive of their own but they got shut down by the impressive Titans defense forcing Romeo to punt the ball back.
In the closing minutes of the game with the score still 14-7 Stevenson drove the ball into their RedZone. On third and goal, the Titans handed the ball off to their powerful running back who got stopped right on the one-yard line. This then set up a fourth and goal for Stevenson inches away from the goal line. The hungry Bulldogs defense up for the task, stuffed the line of scrimmage giving their team a chance to drive down the field to tie or win the game.
Jalen Ervin ‘22 gave his thoughts on how the defense played.
“Our defense was up to the challenge and we made some great stops when it mattered the most,” Ervin said.
Romeo’s offensive showcased a lot of grit and toughness executing a perfect 2-minute situation moving the ball to midfield. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, a Titans defender jumped Nino Braszas route perfectly coming up with an interception to clinch the game for the Stevenson Titans.
“When we’re preparing to play Dakota we got to stick to our roots and show everyone what Romeo football is all about,” Ervin said.
Look for the Bulldogs to bounce back from a hard fought loss next week on October 16 against a 3-1 Dakota team.