Tiger Football dominate Purples 45-19 thanks to Roshkowski’s HUGE Game

Patriotic Night Rage Cage | Photo by Alex Walsh

The Tiger Football team advanced to 2-0 on Friday night after dominating the Bowling Grenen Purples 45-19.

We’ve seen his brother come through in the clutch, we’ve seen him come through in the biggest games, in both lacrosse and football, but did Blake Roshkowski have a game.

On the opening kickoff in front of a packed and patriotic Rage Cage, Roshkowski ran it back 99 yards to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead only fifteen seconds into the game. When asked about the opening kickoff Roshkowski said, “My mindset was that if we’re going to beat these guys, we’d have to get on them quick, and I just saw the open grass and went for it.” Blake went for it and he got it. The Tigers kept the momentum as they stripped the Bowling Green ballcarrier and recovered the fumble. A few plays later Desmond Ridder ran it in from three yards out putting the Tigers ahead 14-0. The Tiger defense quickly forced the Purples to punt and after a big pass play, Sam Taylor came through with a three yard touchdown run to put the Tigers up 21-0 in the first quarter.

As the second quarter started the Tigers threw an interception, but they quickly regained possession when Logan Butler recovered a Bowling Green fumble. The Tigers then drove down the field, but had to settle for a 23-yard field goal by Cam McDonough. The Purples finally got on the board with a touchdown, but the extra point was blocked and the Tigers lead 24-6. That’s when Roshkowski made his presence known again. He took the handoff from Ridder on an end around from the 25-yard line and scored to give the Tigers a 31-6 halftime lead.

After halftime the Purples started to get back into the game scoring two touchdowns that would draw the score to 31-19. In the fourth quarter both teams drove the ball down the field, but each threw an interception, the Tigers interception coming off a tipped pass that defensive end Ethan Adams caught (Adams also had 2 1/2 sacks). Following the interception the Tigers drove into the red zone, and handed the ball to Roshkowski who scored on another end around, this time from the nine-yard line. That score put the Tigers up 38-19, but the final nail in the Purples coffin was Roshkowski’s fourth and final touchdown which came on a 67-yard punt return. That return put the Tigers up 45-19 and that was where the score remained until the final horn blew giving the Tigers their first victory over Bowling Green since 2006.

The Tigers produced 364 yards of offense including an astounding 189 yards in the ground. A large portion of the ground game came from juniors Sam Taylor (100 yards and a TD on 16 carries) and Blake Roshkowski (61 up yards and 2 TDs on 4 carries). The Tiger defense also did a great job of forcing turnovers, ending with a total of four (three fumbles and an interception). However, special teams is what made the difference including Roshkowski’s two return TDs, Cam McDonough’s field goal and a blocked PAT.

The crowd was large and impactful, when asked about how the fans influenced the team Roshkowski said, “The crowd really helped the team. We had all these students and fans who understand how long we’ve been waiting to beat Bowling Green.”

While the Rage Cage was rowdy, and the fans were loud, they certainly had a lot to cheer for. The Tigers have come out of the gate hot and look to carry the momentum throughout the year and to Central next week. While performances like Roshkowski’s surely aren’t to be expected every game, the amount of impact players that the Tigers have will make this season a very exciting and memorable one.

NEXT GAME: Friday @ Central – 7:30 pm

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