Roswell Rolls to 4th Straight Win At Archer

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by Ty Simons

47-0 Victory over Archer keeps Roswell undefeated in 2016

Lawrenceville—The Roswell Hornets pulled off their most lopsided win of the season to date with a 47-0 victory over the Archer Tigers on Sept. 23. Friday’s game also marks the first time this year that the Hornets have held their opponents scoreless.

Senior wide receiver Kentrell Barber dominated the airspace on the field in the game’s first half, allowing the Hornets to build up a three-touchdown lead. An early interception by senior outside linebacker Cade Gonzales put the Hornets in Archer territory. A pair of receptions by Barber brought Roswell within scoring range, allowing the team its first touchdown of the night. Barber followed that up with two scoring catches in the second quarter.

On their first possession of the third quarter, the Hornets built on their substantial lead over the Tigers. In a drive of just two plays, Roswell advanced the line of scrimmage from their own 42-yard line to the endzone thanks to a 45-yard scramble from senior running back Sheldon Evans and a touchdown reception by senior wide receiver Jayden Comma. Roswell’s last two touchdowns of the night were both quarterback keeps—one from senior Malik Willis in the third quarter, and one from junior Walt Warren in the fourth.

Defensively, the Hornets didn’t allow their opponents any daylight. The defense’s first safety of the season came in the second quarter as the Tigers were pushed back 12 yards into their own endzone by senior defensive end Justin Ellis. Archer only came within scoring range one time, in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. Ending things on a high note, the Roswell defense was able to force a turnover on downs and dash the last hopes of Archer scoring at all in the game.

Looking ahead on the schedule, Roswell will take to the road to play rival Milton on Sept. 30. Region play begins on Oct. 14 as the team returns home to square off against Lassiter.   

In State Title Game Rematch, Roswell Dominates Colquitt County, 34-3

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by Ty Simons

ROSWELL—The Hornets built on their undefeated run so far this season as they triumphed over Colquitt County High School on Friday in a 34-3 blowout of the two-time defending state champions.

The matchup brought these two teams back together again in a reunion of last year’s State Championship game. Roswell ended its otherwise undefeated season that year at the Georgia Dome with a 30-13 loss to the Packers. This time around, though, Roswell got payback and then some. Friday’s game was the first time this season that the Hornets denied their opponents a single touchdown. It also marks Roswell’s largest margin of victory thus far this season.

The opening minutes of scrimmage were no blowout, though. Instead, these two giants of Georgia high school football sized each other up in an inch-for-inch battle. After trading possessions a few times, Roswell’s breakout came midway through the first quarter. In a lightning-quick drive of just under a minute and a half, senior Corey Reed took a rocket of a pass from senior QB Malik Willis 29 yards to the endzone for the first score of the game and a 6-0 lead. Colquitt looked to be well on the way to earning a touchdown of their own toward the end of the 1st with goal-to-go, but senior defensive lineman Max Boyd forced a fumble that was recovered by senior linebacker Mitch Stone to stop the Packer momentum and reverse the tide.

From the second quarter on out, senior running back Sheldon Evans added to the Hornets’ lead with a dominant ground game that lasted to the final whistle. He topped off a 47-yard run into Colquitt territory with a 23-yard reception from Willis for his first touchdown of the night and a 13-0 lead midway through the second period. Colquitt threatened to score again right before halftime after a Roswell fumble set the Packers up at the Hornets 4 yard line. An airtight defensive line, however, denied Colquitt the endzone and forced the Packers to settle for a field goal, their only score of the game.

In the third quarter, the Hornets first possession resulted in another touchdown, this time on a Willis scramble into the endzone from 13 yards out to bring the score to 20-3. Later in the third, Evans would score his second touchdown of the evening, this time from a 19-yard  burst up the middle right through the heart of the Packer defense to make the score 27-3. In the 4th period, Roswell would cap the scoring for the game at 34-3 when Evans once again blew through the Packer defense from 18 yards out for his third touchdown of the night.

As with every game so far this season, Roswell’s solid offense was backed up by equally impressive efforts on defense. In addition to the forced fumble and dominant goal line stand from the first half, the Hornets were able to force a Colquitt punt on fourth down with 34 yards to go, which was set up by a huge sack for a loss of 15 yards by junior linebacker Tyneil Hopper. Senior defensive lineman LaMon Titus and Sophomore defensive lineman Jajuan White kept the pressure up in the 4th by adding sacks of their own to the total and keeping the Colquitt County offense in check for the rest of the game.

Next week is a bye week, but after that the Hornets will hit the road, squaring off against Archer in Lawrenceville on Sept. 23. On Sept. 30th, Roswell heads to Milton to write another chapter in one of Georgia high school football’s greatest rivalries.

Next Game vs. Milton


Varsity Schedule and Results

* Region 4-AAAAAAA Game

08/12/2016 Langston Hughes (preseason) 37 - 7 W
08/19/2016 @ Buford 24 - 7 W
09/02/2016 Central Gwinnett 31 - 6 W
09/09/2016 Colquitt County 34 - 3 W
09/23/2016 @ Archer 47 - 0. W
09/30/2016 @ Milton 7:30 PM
10/07/2016 Lassiter* 7:30 PM
10/14/2016 @ Walton* 7:30 PM
10/21/2016 @ Etowah* 7:30 PM
10/28/2016 Woodstock* 7:30 PM
11/04/2016 Cherokee* 7:30 PM
2016 RHS Touchdown Club