It was a case of too much Nico Tiberia on Oct. 11 when the Allen Park football team came to Wyandotte for a Downriver league showdown with the Bears.
Tiberia score three touchdowns – all 18 of this team points – and rushed for 171 yards as the Jags dominated the first half of the game and rolled to an 18-6 victory. Allen Park went back to the workhorse running back again and again and Tiberia finished the night with 30 carries.
Allen Park jumped on the Bears quickly. Tiberia scored on a 10-yard run and on a 14-yard run and the Jags led 12 just five minutes into the contest.
The score would have climbed higher, but Roosevelt recovered an Allen Park fumble to halt a drive and the score was 12-0 after one quarter.
With Roosevet’s offense sputtering, Allen Park continued to dominate and midway through the second quarter, Tiberia was back in the end zone, this time after after a short run. A third missed conversion by the Jags left the score 18-0 and that’s the way the half ended.
It was 24 minutes of football the Bears would like to forget. In addition to giving up chunks of yardage and 18 points, the Bears generated virtually nothing when they had the ball.
It was a different story in the second half as the Bears stiffened and held the Jags off the scoreboard.
Roosevet cut into the Jags lead in the third quarter when Cody Bowser blasted in from a yard out. Roosevelt missed the point-after, but the Bears were back in the game.
A Hayden Loya pass interception late gave the Bears the ball near midfield, but that drive died on downs. Roosevet had several other promising possessions in the second half, but none bore fruit.
After being basically blanked in the first half statistically, Roosevelt gained 181 yards after halftime. Quarterback Jalin Pitchford passed for 85 yards. He completed passes to four different receivers, including Richard Clark, who caught four balls for 50 yards, including one that set up his team’s lone score. Loya, Keyshawn Stanley and Jared Deichelbohrer had the other catches.
Christian Cooper was the leading rusher with 57 yards.
The result of the game left the Allen Park and Roosevelt with identical 5-2 records, 4-2 in Downriver League play.
The Bears played Anderson on Oct. 19 and they close the regular season Oct. 25 at Carlson.
Roosevelt, 48 Taylor 6
The Bears dominated on Homecoming night, scoring 21 points in the first half and then adding 21 more in the third quarter alone to bury the Griffins.
Cody Bowser rushed for 108 yards and three touchdowns and Christian Cooper added 96yards and two more scores. Jacob Denison added rushing touchdown and Hayden Loya caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Jalin Pitchford.
Roosevelt 41, Lincoln Park 13
Roosevelt was never challenged in this game, leading 21-0 after one quarter an 35-0 at halftime.
Quarterback Jalin Pitchford passed for 132 yards and two touchdowns.Hayden Loya hauled in both of Pitchford’s touchdown tosses and he finished with three receptions for 82 yards.
Jacob Denison had 19 carries for 103 yards. He scored a touchdown as did Christian Cooper and Nick Biundo. Nico Fernandez had a punt block that he returned for a touchdown.
Woodhaven 31, Wyandotte 14
Woodhaven leads the Downriver League and they showed the Bears why. Woodhaven scored 14 first-quarter points and led 24-0 at halftime in a game that was never close.
Quarterback Jalin Pitchford completed 10 passes in the game but for just 76 yards. He also rushed for 63 yards. He rushed for a touchdown and threw one to Richard Clark. Cody Bowser was the leading rusher with 76.