BETHESDA – Coming off a 6-4 season in 2018, the Eleanor Roosevelt High School football team traveled to Montgomery County for a scrimmage against Landon School in preparation for the 2019 season on Aug. 24.
The scrimmage, which ran for an hour and 30 minutes, included four possessions by each team’s offense with about 10 plays for each drive.
The Raiders offense drove down the field to score three field goals and one touchdown after a jet sweep play by junior wide receiver Jalen Mayo.
Roosevelt ended their season last year losing to Dr. Henry Wise Jr. High School in the first round of the state playoffs. Despite the end of last season, Head Coach Thomas Green said he has his eyes on the future for his Raiders team.
“We didn’t have a lot of seniors,” said Green. “We did return a lot of guys, but as you can see, we’ve got a long way to go. We’ve got a lot of guys in new positions, so we’ve just got to get it corrected.”
Interesting enough, Roosevelt’s first game will be a home game against the Pumas on Sept. 6. Green said he cannot wait to play their rivals to start the season.
“It’s really a rush to get it corrected, because we come out with them off the break,” said Green. “So we really have to get ourselves together really quick.”
According to Green, a few players to watch out for in the fall are tight end/outside linebacker Dranel Jiles, quarterback/safety Matthew Wilson and running back/safety Dave Hines.
Many first-string and second-string Raiders players took the field against the Bears, showcasing their skills for the upcoming season. They produced multiple plays to move the ball down field including quarterback Deon Rush who threw a deep pass to Mayo, who made a leaping catch over the Landon defense.
“It was a good play,” said Green. “But hopefully next week, we’ll throw a little bit more, and see what we can do.”
According to Green, he was most impressed with the inside linebackers and defensive line during the scrimmage. The Roosevelt defense limited the Bears to one touchdown during the scrimmage.