Elliott Byrd ‘22: On Friday, October 23 the Bulldogs faced off against the Walled Lake Northern Knights. A win for either team gains a ton of momentum heading into the playoffs next week.
The Knights started with the ball and didn’t waste any time driving down the field. On third down, Walled Lake’s running back broke off a 55-yard run that moved them onto the 20-yard line. Romeo’s defense tightened up and held the Warriors to only three points after the long run.
When Romeo received the ball for the first time things stalled out for them, going three and out. When Gjon Djurasevic ‘21 went to punt, the ball got tipped and landed right over the line of scrimmage. Luke Rolfs ‘22 made a heads up play recovering the ball, retaining possession for the Bulldogs. Since the ball landed over the line of scrimmage after the tip, the ball was live.
The Bulldogs capitalized on the heads up play from Rolfs when Anthony Lomakoski ‘23 took a handoff for 20 yards into the endzone.
After the first drive, the Bulldog’s defense made some adjustments and prevented Walled Lake scoring until late in the fourth quarter. A great game from Romeo’s offensive line led the way for the Bulldogs runners, including Logan Rolfs ‘22 20 yard run making the score 14-3.
Before the half expired, Romeo earned time for one more drive. With the offensive line handing out pancakes, freshman Victor Earl ran all over the Warriors defense scoring his first varsity touchdown. At halftime, the score of 21-3 remained.
Romeo received the ball to start the second half, but Walled Lake’s defense played well enough to send out Djurasevic. Djurasevic showed off his huge leg, booming the punt 80 yards to the one-yard line.
With the Warriors on the one-yard line, the Bulldog’s defense wanted to force a safety and Michael Heldman ‘21 delivered. After a shedded block and a tackle in the endzone, the Bulldogs took an even more commanding lead.
To finish off the game, Romeo handed the ball off to Cameron Kohl ‘22 who just returned from an injury to score on a 22-yard touchdown run. Final Score 33-9.
Matthew Jackman ‘22 gave his thoughts on how Romeo performed.
“We played pretty well, but I know that wasn’t the full potential of our team. Next week is the playoffs and we need to have great practices and be prepared for our opponent when we head into the game,” Jackman said.
With the playoffs starting next week, look for the Bulldogs to play Anchor Bay on October 30th in a first-round showdown.