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Rosman Returns To The Road To Take On Maroon Devils


Last updated 3/10/2021 at 4:02pm

Head coach Dusty Robinson said he doesn’t believe in moral victories, but following Rosman’s 49-28 loss to the Cherokee last Friday, it would be hard to find another team that showed more heart than the Tigers.

Rosman trailed by only six points at halftime, and got within eight points after the Braves scored on their first possession of the second half.

And while the Tigers never gave up, the Braves slowly pulled away behind an explosive offense that seemed to wear down an already limited Rosman defensive unit.

Fielding only 16 players going into the game, the Tigers lost several during the course of the contest, leaving many on the team to have to play every snap on both sides of the ball.

Be that as it may, Rosman didn’t quit, and Robinson said he was proud of his team for sticking with it.

“Our kids battled all night long. Everybody on the roster played and multiple kids played essentially the entire game. I told them in the locker room that there was no doubt they left it all out on the field. So, I was really proud of our effort level,” he said.

Robinson said he felt, by scoring 28 points, that the Tigers were in a position to win. Unfortunately, the Braves’ offense, led by quarterback Donald Bradley, couldn’t be contained, as Cherokee scored on all five of their second-half possessions.

Bradley’s ability to drop back in the pocket, take off on the ground and make something out of nothing was something Rosman knew was a threat coming into Friday’s contest and that proved to be the case.

Robinson said there were missed tackles in open space that allowed those big plays to happen, as well as missed opportunities to bring Bradley down in the backfield or for a limited gain.

“There were some situations where we had plays set up that should be arriving at the quarterback on time, but we would have a break down on our contains and instead of a sack or forced fumble, he gets loose and it becomes a first down or a touchdown,” Robinson said.

Making those open-field tackles and having more engagement on the front eight of the defensive unit were two points of emphasis this week in practice, Robinson added.

Offensively, aside from a few fumbles, the Tigers operated efficiently and effectively against Cherokee’s defense.

Quarterback Tyler Stamey orchestrated the option offense, utilizing Andrew Stamey and Carson Lyday on the ground.

Both running backs finished with big nights, and Lyday had a pair of TD runs. Rosman scored on three of its four second-half possessions.

“Coach (Josh) Galloway did a good job putting together a good game plan and, for the most part, the kids executed. We can’t put the ball on the ground, but we averaged a little over seven yards a carry and had some explosive plays,” Robinson said.

The Maroon Devils are coming off a 36-14 road loss to Andrews.

Given the injuries the Tigers suffered against Cherokee, Rosman will only dress 14 players for this week’s game, but Robinson said Swain is also limited in their numbers this year, which could even the odds a bit.

The Maroon Devils operate the option offense similar to the Tigers and always pose big bodies along both the offensive and defensive lines.

Robinson said his message to his players this week was to shore up the problems on defense while continuing to build off the success the offense had against Cherokee.

“Offensively, they’re going to come at you with the option, a lot like we do. And, defensively, they’re going to line up the way they line up and force you to execute your offense. So, that’s been our focus this week is getting better at what we do,” Robinson said.


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