GREENBELT – The Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders took siege on the mistake-ridden Suitland Rams this past weekend. Behind the power running game of Karl Mofor, and a relentless defensive effort, the Raiders clinched a playoff spot by defeating the Rams 21-7 on Halloween. The game started sloppily for both teams, as Suitland threw two interceptions and […]
GREENBELT – The Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders took siege on the mistake-ridden Suitland Rams this past weekend.
Behind the power running game of Karl Mofor, and a relentless defensive effort, the Raiders clinched a playoff spot by defeating the Rams 21-7 on Halloween.
The game started sloppily for both teams, as Suitland threw two interceptions and turned the ball over on downs three times in the first half. Roosevelt started off slow as well. The Raiders were forced to punt on their first three possessions, which led to a scoreless first quarter for both teams.
“The defense played solid. Early in the game we put our back against the wall, but the defense just kept making plays,” Eleanor Roosevelt Head Coach Thomas Green said. “We just want to get better next week and make a run into the playoffs. We graduated 35 seniors and for us to beat the teams that we have says a lot.”
The Raiders finally made their move and found the endzone just before the half. Jaden Faulkner converted a key fourth down on a designed quarterback keeper and placed the Raiders on the Suitland nine-yard line. Mofor then powered his way in from three yards out to give Roosevelt a 7-0 lead with twenty-five seconds remaining in the half.
Mofor finished the day with 181 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 21 carries.
“I think I did well on both sides. Scoring, holding on to the ball, running hard, and tackling on defense to help my team win.” Mofor said.
On Suitland’s last possession before the break, Roosevelt defensive lineman Chibueze Onwuka pulled down a pass for an interception. Onwuka also finished the day with two sacks.
After forcing a three-and-out to start the second half, Suitland looked to even the score. The Rams were forced into yet another fourth down situation. This time Isa Bynum made an amazing run on a fake punt to give Suitland a first down. However, the run would be negated by a facemask penalty and forced the Rams to punt.
On the ensuing possession, Mofor continued to gain positive yardage and helped his team move back into Suitland territory. Later, Mofor slashed past the goaline for his second touchdown of the game to give the Raiders a two touchdown lead.
Suitland failed to provide themselves with any significant offense on their next three possessions. The Rams punted twice and threw another interception to Roosevelt’s Teyon Davis. Quarterback Donta Anthony, Jr. had a dismal day, completing only 9-of-27 passes for 95 yards and a touchdown to go along with four interceptions.
“Our team’s defense has been good the whole season, except for a couple games. That’s what we pride ourselves on,” Mofor said. “Holding them to the least amount of points possible and just winning the game.”
Fullback Jaharr Johnson, who also played on the defensive side of the ball, was also ecstatic with his team’s defensive effort.
“Our defensive performance was great today man,” Johnson said. “Our linebackers performed and our defensive backs played great. The win feels lovely. We got a playoff spot after graduating 35 seniors and everybody said we weren’t going to be here, but we’re back in 4A, man. That’s all I can say.”
Mofor would make Suitland pay again after he broke off a 40-yard run down to the Suitland ten-yard-line. Mofor’s backup, Bob Okoroajuzie, got the ball this time and took a misdirection handoff into the endzone. The score increased the lead to 21-0 early in the fourth quarter.
Suitland finally found the endzone when Gregory Young caught a 15-yard touchdown from Anthony, Jr. midway through the fourth quarter. Suitland attempted an onside kick, but failed to recover.
After turnovers from each team, Mofor gained two more first downs which allowed the Raiders to kneel the ball out. The victory clinched a playoff spot with one game remaining against Parkdale. Parkdale will be Roosevelt’s “Senior Day” game.
Roosevelt moves to 7-2 and can finish no worse than third in the Prince George’s 4A standings after holding the tiebreaker over Suitland and Bowie.
“This win was the biggest win of the season,” Mofor said. “Nobody thought we could do it losing 35 seniors, so this win was a good win for our younger team. It gives us momentum going forward in the season.”
Suitland 0 0 0 7 – 7
Roosevelt 0 7 7 7 – 21
R – Karl Mofor 3-yard TD run
R – Mofor 5-yard TD run
R – Bob Okoroajuzie 10-yard TD run
S – Donta Anthony Jr. 15-yard TD pass to Greg Young