BELTSVILLE – The Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders took on the Northwestern Wildcats in a game that produced very little offense. Penalties, with both teams playing stout defensively, kept the game very close the entire afternoon. Roosevelt came away with the 7-0 win, with the lone score coming in the first quarter on a 47-yard run by […]
BELTSVILLE – The Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders took on the Northwestern Wildcats in a game that produced very little offense.
Penalties, with both teams playing stout defensively, kept the game very close the entire afternoon. Roosevelt came away with the 7-0 win, with the lone score coming in the first quarter on a 47-yard run by Karl Mofor.
The running back for the Raiders had 22 carries for 91 yards on the afternoon. A holding call in the fourth quarter negated what would have been a 45-yard touchdown score, which would have been Mofor’s second score of 40-plus yards.
Roosevelt Head Coach Thomas Green was happy his team got the win, but was not too thrilled about his team’s play on offense.
“I’m going to stay positive and I think we played exceptionally well on defense,” Green said. “We made a lot of mistakes on offense, but (Northwestern) is a good team and I’m not going to take anything from them.
“We have a very good football team and we have to make some corrections, but a win is a win.”
Northwestern was unable to move the ball consistently for the entire game. The Wildcats were never inside the Roosevelt redzone, and the few times they did reach it, a penalty would push them back. Still, the Wildcats never backed down or gave up and head coach Bryan Pierre did see the positives in his team’s performance.
“We played hard and came up short,” Pierre said. “Just one play of execution and that’s the difference between winning and losing.
“The kids played hard. They showed a lot of heart and fought through the heat. We’re turning the corner. We’re going to get better.”
On a side note, the game had a scary moment in the fourth quarter when Northwestern’s Eber Medrano was on the receiving end of a helmet-to-helmet hit that left him motionless on the field for over an hour. The game was halted as everyone waited for an ambulance to arrive.
“There is usually an ambulance on standby for every game, just not today for whatever reason,” Pierre said. “But I promise there will be one here next week.
“I think Eber is going to be okay though. They thought it was a neck contusion, but we won’t know for sure until later on.”
Quarterback Trae Young tried to rally his Wildcats late in the fourth quarter, but was intercepted by Raymond Boone to seal the win for Roosevelt. The interception was Boone’s second of the afternoon.
Northwestern falls to 1-2 overall and 0-2 in conference play, while the Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders move to 2-1 overall and 2-0 in conference play after Saturday’s gritty win.
Roosevelt 7 0 0 0 – 7
Northwestern 0 0 0 0 – 0
R – 47-yard touchdown run by Karl Mofor, 7-0