Football Fights 'Till the End
BY SAM SNEED NOVEMBER 25 2014
“Rose football made the playoffs.” This is now a common statement heard around Rose, while just a few years ago this was unheard of. Last year the football team had a deep run in the playoffs and made it all the way to the fourth round. This year Rose made another run in the playoffs before losing to New Bern in the second round on Friday night.
Rose football had high hopes for the playoffs, especially coming off of last year’s run in the quarterfinals. The team did not play as well as they believed they could in their second round game against New Bern. The game did not look too good from the start, with New Bern running back the opening kickoff.
The Bears successfully held junior Cornell Powell to only 11 yards receiving, compared to the last game against New Hanover when he had over 200 yards and six total touchdowns
“My hope for the rest of the year was to make the minimum amount of mistakes, and let’s get a ring,” senior DJ Hall said.
Rose did not do as well as they wanted to do in this year’s playoffs, but they did have a good season as a whole by making it into the playoffs with a two-loss record.
“My goal for the year [was] just for both offense and defense to build up to a level in which nobody [could] compete with us,” junior Marcus Booth said.
Rose played New Hanover in the first round of the playoffs and walked away with a 47-35 victory. In this game, Powell recorded five touchdown receptions and an interception that he took in for a touchdown.
Rose had been faced with many injuries in the past few weeks with Kevin Phillips breaking his femur and Caterino Becerra breaking his ankle. Rose also lost starting running back Geoffrey Williams for the season with a torn ACL at the end of the regular season game against New Bern. Rose hoped to rebound from these injuries and keep the season rolling, but they could not overcome these losses come playoff time.
As this season comes to an end and the team says farewell to this year’s seniors, they look forward to next season and hope for a deeper run in the playoffs.