The Streetsboro football team returned to Portage Trail Conference County Division play in stellar fashion with a lopsided 55-7 victory over Rootstown last night at Rootstown's Robert C. Dunn Field.
The Rockets, who spent the last two years in the bigger-school Metro Division, completely dominated the struggling Rovers.
Streetsboro (3-1, 1-0) went with an unorthodox approach to take control in the first quarter.
The Rockets, known for showcasing their speedy backfield, came out firing with their sophomore quarterback duo of Avery VanReeth and Jerry Judd.
Streetsboro passed on its first seven plays and got a number of big plays through the air.
After tailback Johnathan Williams completed the Rockets' first scoring drive with a 3-yard run -- the only running play of the possession -- Streetsboro's two signal callers went to work.
The Rockets' defense stopped the Rovers (0-4, 0-1) inside the 5-yard line and Judd took advantage with a 97-yard touchdown pass to Devin Rencher. Spencer Deevers added the second of his seven point after tries.
On Streetsboro's next possession, VanReeth showed off his arm with a 41-yard pass to Kyle Woods to make it 20-0. The point after try was no good.
While Rootstown had no answer for the Rockets' talented offense, the Rovers showed they could move the ball in the first half.
They put together a four-plus minute drive that went from Rootstown's 26 to Streetsboro's 3. But the Rockets took away all the Rovers' momentum with a stop on fourth down.
Rootstown also got to Streetsboro's 12 on its next possession. Unfortunately, that promising drive came to a screeching halt when Dakari Carter intercepted a pass at the goal line and returned it 100 yards. That pick gave the Rockets a commanding 27-0 lead with 8 minutes, 36 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
Rootstown, which dominated the time of possession in the first 24 minutes, finally got on the board with 4:34 left in the half.
The Rovers put together an 11-play, 64-yard drive to cut the Rockets' lead to 27-7. Rootstown quarterback Sam Todd concluded the possession with a 5-yard TD run. Will Postlethwaite added the extra point.
It was all Streetsboro the rest of the way.
Williams added a 28-yard TD run and Prince Franklin scored on a 59-yard scoring run on his only carry of the game. At that point, the Rockets had the game in hand with a 41-7 lead with less than two minutes in the first half.
Quarterback Bobby Dixon, who took all the snaps for Streetsboro in the second half, added a 13-yard TD run and running back Chris Board concluded the scoring with a 4-yard scoring run midway through the fourth quarter.
The Rockets had nearly 500 yards of total offense, including 295 on the ground. The Rovers finished with more than 250 total yards.
For more, see the Sept. 25 edition of the Streetsboro Gateway News.