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Sports > High School >> Football

Unbeaten Roscoe/LM rolls over T-V to clinch berth in Eight-Man title game

Demolition Crew

Apr 12, 2021

By Richard Ross - reporter/photographer

Roscoe/LM's Joseph Gould goes aloft to haul in a 14-yard TD pass from quarterback Brenden Ryder in the second quarter of Roscoe/LM's 40-0 win over Tri-Valley.
Roscoe 40
Tri-Valley 0

ROSCOE -- “To everything there is a season,” begins the oft-quoted lines from Ecclesiastes which affirm that with time, there comes inevitable change.
For the Roscoe /Livingston Manor Blue Devils, the time of being beaten by other teams, most notably Tri-Valley over the past years of the Bears' dominance is now over. With a ferocious brand of hard-hitting, physical football, Roscoe/LM jumped on their visitors early and never let up as they barnstormed to their second shutout win in a row, pounding the shocked Bears 40-0 one week after beating Fallsburg 38-0.
Seventy-eight points of balanced offense featured deft running and passing authored by a host of contributors coupled with a fierce defense that yielded no points over eight quarters.
Yes, Virginia, Roscoe has arrived and this is their season at long last.
The win assured the undefeated Blue Devils who were most assuredly watched over by the angelic presence of Fred Ahart, a berth in the Section 9 Eight-Man Football title game on April 24.
Their opponent is yet to be determined but with a win next week over Eldred, Roscoe will probably claim home field advantage.
In the Eight-Man standings coming into this game, Roscoe/LM, Tri-Valley and Sullivan West were all still in contention mathematically speaking.
For the Bears, a win by 14 points or more over Roscoe, a win over Fallsburg next week, coupled with a Roscoe loss next week to Eldred and a Sullivan West loss to Ellenville could have put them in position to break a tie. SW having lost to Roscoe would have needed to beat Ellenville and have the Blue Devils lose consecutive games to overtake them. In short, it was a long shot for both foes. The point is now moot.
Tri-Valley coaches were confident that they could decipher Roscoe's offensive wizardry and show the same offensive moxie they did in their 42-20 win over Ellenville a week ago. It didn't take long to realize that neither was going to come to fruition.
T-V won the toss and elected to receive but the Roscoe/LM defense showed its gang-tackling authenticity to force a three and out. On their third play R/LM senior QB standout, Brenden Ryder galloped 56 yards and then threw a conversion strike to Anthony Teipelke for the 8-0 lead with 9:10 to go in the first quarter. Tri-Valley's woes continued with a fumble that was recovered by KJ Feeney but a holding penalty nixed great field position and a scoring chance.
T-V incurred several offsides penalties and hardnose tackling by Roscoe, led by senior standout and Alfred State- bound Connor Gorr, bottled up their running game. The first quarter ended with an 8-0 Roscoe lead, but the second quarter opened with a 19-yard TD pass from Ryder to Teipelke. Ryder ran in the conversion and now the lead doubled to 16-0 with 11:52 remaining in the half.
A nice run by Austin Hartman netted a first down but the Bears ended up punting again. Just when it looked like they had Roscoe/LM running back Alaniz Ruiz bottled up, he “trucked over” the defenders to quote coach, Mike Hill, and galloped 58 yards to a TD with 7:11 to go. The conversion attempt failed but R/LM now led 22-0.
In the quarter that would spell doom for the Bears, Ryder threw a 14-yard pass to a leaping Joseph Gould for the third score of the frame with just 38 seconds to go in the half. Again the conversion attempt failed by the Blue Devils took a 28-0 lead into halftime. On their opening drive of the third quarter it was Ryder again racing 18 yards this time for paydirt with 8:01 remaining in the quarter. No conversion again for the third straight time but the lead was now 34-0.
Tri-Valley's lone attempted touchdown, a run by Hartman was called back on a holding penalty. In the fourth quarter Aaron Steele capped off the day with a four-yard run to bring the total to 40 points. Tri-Valley coach Greg Botsford felt his young team's inexperience hampered them playing against a senior-loaded, intensely physical Roscoe/Livingston Manor.
Over the past two years the Bears laid claim to a Section 9 title and a runner up to Ellenville in last year's championship. They had hopes for making it three bids in a row, but the wheel has turned and now it's Roscoe/LM that sits atop of the local Eight-man field. Botsford was extremely complimentary of Roscoe/LM's effort. The Bears will look to reload next year.
Roscoe/LM Coach Mike Hill felt it was a total team effort and it was. But it would be an oversight to not laud the play of Brenden Ryder and Connor Gorr. They made numerous plays during the day offensively and defensively respectively to cement the victory. Gorr had 13 tackles and a half sack and authored fabulous kick offs that his teammates followed with crisp tackling.
Ryder is an offensive nightmare for opponents. Both he and Alaniz Ruiz showed unbridled will and force-breaking tackles and scoring when they appeared to be stopped. Roscoe (4-0) will play Eldred next week, while Tri-Valley will host Fallsburg.

Roscoe/LM stats
Total offense 305 yards. Passing Brenden Ryder 4/9/ 59 yards and 2 TD's. Rushing total 244 yards on 26 carries. The team averaged 7.7 yards per play and ran 39 plays. They had no turnovers while making one interception and recovering two fumbles. Ryder led the rushing with 11 carries for 107 yards and one rushing TD. He also scored on a conversion run and threw a conversion pass to Anthony Teipelke. Alaniz Ruiz rushed five times for 74 yards with a TD. Aaron Steele had seven rushes for 56 yards and a TD. Connor Gorr led with 14 tackles.

Tri-Valley stats
Total offense 110 yards (all rushing) on 44 plays averaging 2.6 yards per rush. Austin Hartman rushed 22 times for 47 yards averaging 2.1 yards per carry. David Allison was 12/28 (2.3 yards per rush) and Dylan Poley was 5/16 (3.2). Colin Mickelson had a 13-yard run. Poley led 9.5 tackles. Hartman had 5.5 and Allison had 4.

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