The Streetsboro football team fell to 4-4 overall and 2-3 in the Portage Trail Conference County Division after losing a commanding 33-6 decision to Kent Roosevelt Oct. 18 on the road.
The Rockets scored their only touchdown in the first quarter when quarterback Jerry Judd scored on a 2-yard run in the first quarter. That tied the game at six in the first quarter.
It was all Rough Riders (7-1) the rest of the way.
Kent quarterbacks Dustin Monaco and Riley Larkin combined to go 11 of 17 through the air for 163 yards with three touchdown passes. Monaco had TD strikes of 24 yards to Eriqk Smiley and 9 yards to Corey Spicer. Larkin, who entered the game in the fourth quarter in relief of a shaken up Monaco, had a 23-yard scoring pass to Smiley that accounted for the final score.
Paced by Marcus Caddiell's 120 yards, the Rough Riders piled up an efficient 162 yards on the ground in only 28 attempts.
Caddiell's 10-yard run in the opening seconds of the second quarter broke a 6-all deadlock.
It has been a rough three weeks for the Rockets, who dropped their third in a row overall to fall. The three losses, by a combined total of 121-36, have come at the hands of Mogadore, Woodridge and Kent -- teams at or near the top of their divisions and also right in the thick of things in terms of the postseason playoffs.
After the Rough Riders broke the seal on the game on Monaco's 24-yard pass to Smiley, which came on a third-and-20 less than three minutes into the game, Streetsboro had a swift response.
Starting near midfield, Rockets sophomore quarterback Jerry Judd engineered a 56-yard drive, keyed by his 8-yard pass to Titus Fredd on fourth-and-7 that placed the ball just inside Kent territory. Shortly thereafter, Judd converted a third-and-2 from the Rough Riders' 37 with a rollout to the right that resulted in a 25-yard gain to the 12.
He wasn't done, though. On third-and-12 from the 14, Judd fired a quick pass to Johnathan Williams, who caught the ball uncovered in the left flat, squared his shoulders and rambled down to the 2. On the next play, Judd's number was called and he went around the right side of his line to tie the game at 6-6.
The score stayed 6-6 as each team missed their respective point-after tries.
Streetsboro then got the ball right back when an ensuing squib kick caromed off a Kent player and was recovered by Josh Cummings.
The Rockets didn't capitalize on their opportunity.
Prince Franklin was tackled for a loss by Rough Riders' linebacker Matt Sommers on a fourth-and-2 play at Kent's 39 with 4:12 to play in the first stanza.
The Rough Riders took over and drove for the go-ahead score, using eight plays and a little less than three minutes off the clock. The final two plays were a 25-yard pass to Luther Fortson on a crossing route and Caddiell's 10-yard run into the end zone.
The Rough Riders tacked on another TD just before the half with the defense once again setting up the drive by forcing Streetsboro to surrender the ball on downs at Kent's 30.
Monaco provided the big play of the drive with a 37-yard scamper that pushed the ball inside the 5. He found paydirt from 4 yards out on the very next play to give Roosevelt a 19-6 lead at the intermission.
For more, see the Oct. 23 edition of the Streetsboro Gateway News.