Gabriel Peraino ’22: The varsity football team headed into their fourth week of football this season with confidence. The Bulldogs couldn’t have had a better start to the year, coming off a big road win against one of their biggest rivals, Dakota. Their next game: another divisional matchup against the Grosse Pointe South Blue Devils.
On Friday, September 17th, the Bulldogs faced a tough Blue Devils team who was looking to turn the page after suffering a loss against Stevenson the week prior.
Grosse Pointe South possessed senior Will Johnson, a 6-3, 190 lbs., a five star cornerback who was a big threat on both sides of the ball. For Romeo, the loss of Joey Kostrubiec ‘22, due to a one game suspension, led to the Bulldogs favoring other running backs such as Kasey Harrison ‘22 and Cameron Kohl ‘22 to lead the backfield.
The first quarter showed exactly what the game came down to- defense. Both offenses tried clawing their way down the field by running the ball, but both defenses read all the plays down to a tee. But, Romeo took the 3-0 lead at the end of the first quarter off of Anthony Morici’s ‘24 big field goal.
The second quarter opened a couple of opportunities for both teams. The Blue Devils made it to the red zone on a couple of their drives, but a missed field goal that hit the upright and an interception caught by the defensive star Victor Earl ‘24 for the bulldogs kept the Blue Devils scoreless through the half.
“Our defense executed pretty well, we stepped up with some big plays,” Earl ‘24 said.
For Romeo, Logan Rolfs ‘22 started to figure out the defensive patterns, eventually leading to a great pass to the speedy Kasey Harrison in the corner of the endzone. The Bulldogs pushed the lead to 10-0 going into halftime.
In the third, both teams kept trading the ball back to one another, keeping the same score of 10-0 in favor of the Bulldogs.
Grosse Pointe South made the game very interesting in the fourth, finally adding points on the board with a touchdown and converting a two point conversion. Fortunately for the Bulldogs, Logan Rolfs answered almost immediately on the following drive by taking the ball himself forty-one yards all the way to the house.
Neither team scored afterward, allowing the Bulldogs to take their fourth victory of the season with a final score of 17-8.
The Bulldogs gave a great performance on both sides of the ball. The offense played patiently, and the defense did a great job containing Will Johnson.
“I thought our ground game became very effective, and it all continued because of our offensive line. They were getting to their blocks and creating holes for us and if we can do that in the Watchdog game I think we’ll play even better,” Cameron Kohl ‘22 said.
Romeo now sits with Stevenson at the top of the MAC Red standings with a 2-0 record in divisional play. Their next game is indeed the most passionate game of the year, the “Watchdog Game.”
Next week the Bulldogs match up with a talented Chippewa Valley football team that lost to Dakota in week three. Both teams are fairly even, and the Bulldogs plan to take the victory on a very special night at Barnabo Field.