Schuyler hosted Omaha Roncalli for Friday’s homecoming football game and Crimson Pride quarterback Alex Rodgers made sure Warrior fans had little to celebrate.
Rodgers ran for 92 yards and three touchdowns and added 162 yards and two TDs through the air in Roncalli’s 58-0 win.
The Warrior defense held Roncalli (4-2) to consecutive three-and-outs to start the game before the Crimson Pride offense got going.
Roncalli scored its first touchdown on a 2-yard run by Dwayne Brown and followed that score by recovering a fumble at the Schuyler 27-yard line. Rodgers ran in a 14-yard TD three plays later, giving Roncalli 14 points in less than two minutes and starting the rout.
Schuyler head coach Aaron Thumann was pleased with his team’s play for much of the first quarter.
“We came out really solid. We were worried about Rodgers because he is an incredible athlete. We felt like we had a really good plan in place and for the most part we really kind of kept them in check tonight,” he said.
We had solid things going on offense, but it seemed like we would go, go, go, then shoot ourselves in the foot,” Thumann added. “We have to figure out the secret not to go flat after we start out well.”
Schuyler (0-6) was held to 98 total yards in the loss, including 72 yards passing on a 6-for-11 performance from quarterback Kevin Contreras. Tychique Kutalu hauled in two receptions for 46 yards, with 32 coming on Schuyler’s biggest play of the night, and Jesus Maganda and Mason Kovar both had 13 receiving yards.
Roncalli scored three second-quarter touchdowns on a 61-yard scamper by Rodgers, 38-yard pass from Rodgers to Justin Niederle and 44-yard run by Logan McGill to carry a 34-0 lead into halftime.
The Crimson Pride put the 35-point running clock rule into effect with 10:26 to play in the third quarter when Rodgers tacked on a 14-yard score on a quarterback draw.
Crimson Pride kicker Andrew McCoy put the next points on the board with a 34-yard field goal. He finished 1 for 2 on field goal attempts and hit 7 of 8 extra points.
Roncalli added two scores in the fourth quarter on a 21-yard run by T.J. Hamilton and 13-yard quarterback draw by Ethan Ortner.
Caleb Novak led the Warriors with his steady play on defense. He had eight total tackles. Maganda, Kutalu and freshman Curtis Novak all were credited with four tackles.
As the Warriors head into the final third of the season, Thumann is still confident that his team can break out of its funk and pick up a victory.
“We have to learn from this and continue to move forward,” he said. “We can see differences in the past three or four years with our kids. We can see that we are learning and trying to move forward and we have to continue to grow in that way.”
Schuyler plays 7 p.m. Friday at Blair (3-3).