Last Minute Touchdown Puts Roswell over Etowah, 17-14

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by Ty Simons

DiRoberto, Cumberlander Hold Back Eagle Offense

WOODSTOCK—It was Roswell’s hardest-fought victory of the season on Friday as the Hornets maintained their perfect record this season with a 17-14 win over the Etowah Eagles. 

The Hornets looked ready to take their first loss of the season until the last minutes of the game, when a touchdown courtesy of senior running back Sheldon Evans gave the Hornets their three-point edge over the Eagles for the most dramatic win of the Hornets’ season so far.

On defense, senior linebacker Sam DiRoberto and senior defensive end Koby Cumberlander dominated the field with game-making performances. DiRoberto caught two interceptions, blocked an Etowah field goal attempt, and tackled the ball carrier three times in the backfield for a combined loss of 17 yards. Cumberlander, meanwhile, kept the pressure on the Eagles’ quarterback throughout the game and made a single tackle for a loss of three yards. As they have done every game this year, the Roswell defense again held their opponents to 14 points or fewer, which has allowed Roswell to outscore their opponents this year 307-61 combined.

Roswell struggled to find its footing on offense early in the game. After a fumble on the opening play of scrimmage, the Hornets were forced to turn the ball over to Etowah, who were stopped short of a field goal thanks to a block from DiRoberto. On Roswell’s first defensive series of the second quarter, senior outside linebacker Justin Ellis kept intense pressure on the Eagles’ quarterback, allowing DiRoberto to intercept the pass at Etowah’s 16-yard line. Sheldon Evans took the ball in for his first touchdown of the night on the next play.

Etowah followed up with a touchdown of their own on their next possession. Another interception, this one from senior cornerback LeAnthony Williams, allowed Roswell to finish the half with a field goal. Senior wide receiver Corey Reed was a key contributor to the Hornets’ scoring drive, with a pair of receptions for a combined 39 yards.     

A little more than halfway through the third quarter, Etowah scored its second touchdown, which gave them a four-point advantage over the Hornets. Heading into the fourth quarter, Roswell was behind their opponent for the first time in any game this season. Roswell’s 83-yard rally to the endzone capped off with a five-yard run by Evans pushed the Hornets ahead with only one minute and five seconds left on the game clock. Evans accounted for 30 yards of the drive, not counting a 43-yard run that would have been a touchdown were it not called back on a holding penalty. In the final seconds of the game, one final interception by Sam DiRoberto ensured there would be no Hail Mary victory for Etowah, and Roswell closed out the game with a well-earned victory.

As the regular season comes to a close, the Hornets round out their schedule this year with two home games: Woodstock on Oct. 28 and Cherokee on Nov. 4.

In 55-10 Rout, Hornets Defeat Walton Raiders

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by Ty Simons

Sheldon Evans Scores Three TDs, Jayden Comma Two

MARIETTA—In their highest-scoring game of the season so far, the Roswell Hornets last Friday maintained their undefeated record this season after defeating Walton High School with a final score of 55-10.

The first two of the evening’s eight Roswell touchdowns came from senior running back Sheldon Evans, who scored on a seven-yard run in the first quarter and a 16-yard run on the Hornets’ first drive of the second quarter. Evans followed up by carrying for 18 yards in three plays on Roswell’s next series. Senior wide receivers Jayden Comma and Kentrell Barber took it from there, with one reception each to bring the ball to the seven-yard line. A quick pass to Comma in the endzone allowed Roswell their third touchdown.

The Hornets rounded out the quarter with three more scoring drives. Junior tight end Tyneil Hopper led the charge on the Hornets’ next series, a 78-yard scoring drive, with a 27-yard reception to start things off, and a one-yard pass to score. The Raiders responded with a touchdown of their own on the next drive, their only one of the night. Not to be outdone, Comma leaped through the air to take a pass 80 yards down to the endzone on the very next play of scrimmage, evading multiple defenders along the way.

The third quarter started off with a Walton fumble recovered by senior cornerback LeAnthony Williams. From the Raiders’ 43-yard line, Roswell built a scoring drive largely thanks to Evans, who accounted for over half of the yardage that the Hornets picked up on the way to the endzone, including a touchdown run for nine yards. Senior defensive back Xavier McKinney returned Walton’s punt on the next drive for the Hornets’ final touchdown of the quarter. After another Walton fumble, this one recovered by senior defensive tackle Max Boyd, the offense took the field again for their final drive of the game.

Stepping in for Evans and picking up right where he left off, sophomore running back Jajuan White grabbed the ball and just would not let go from there, accounting for 50 yards of the Hornet’s 60-yard scoring drive in the final quarter. A Walton field goal in the last minutes of game time left the score at 55-10.             

Defensively, Friday also marked the eighth consecutive time that Roswell has held their opponents to 14 points or less in a game. In addition to two recovered fumbles by Williams and Boyd, the defense also held Walton back with two sacks from senior linebacker Mitch Stone and senior outside linebacker Justin Ellis, both in the first quarter.  

After Friday’s game, there are now only three games remaining in the regular season. Roswell will play Etowah on the road on Oct. 21. After that, the Hornets will take on Woodstock at home, followed by Cherokee the week after.

Next Game vs. Woodstock*


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 17 - 0. W
10/07/2016 Lassiter* 45 - 14 W
10/14/2016 @ Walton* 55 - 10 W
10/21/2016 @ Etowah* 17 - 14 W
10/28/2016 Woodstock* 7:30 PM
11/04/2016 Cherokee* 7:30 PM
2016 RHS Touchdown Club