09/02/11 — Rosewood shuts out Midway 25-0

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Rosewood shuts out Midway 25-0

By Ryan Hanchett
Published in Sports on September 2, 2011 1:47 PM

Offensive guard is not a position that usually gets much glory on the football field.

Rosewood reserve lineman Tevin Hines changed that for one night on Thursday. Hines made the play of the game with a devastating block on a designed sweep play in the final moments of the second quarter and led the Eagles to their first touchdown in a 25-0, non-conference win over Midway at Branch Pope Field.

"That play was maybe the play of the game," said Rosewood head coach Robert Britt. "We showed him a lot of love on the sideline after that play because we realized how important that block was to our offense."

With the Eagles facing third down and two yards to go at midfield, Britt called Shaquan Taylor's number on the speed sweep. Taylor took the ball and followed Hines, who was pulling from his left guard spot. As Taylor raced toward the corner, Hines buried a Midway linebacker with a thunderous hit.

Taylor raced 37 yards to the 9-yard line with 59 seconds left in the half. Two plays later, quarterback Taylor McGill hit Will Winslow on a two-yard scoring strike and gave the Eagles the lead at halftime.

Rosewood added to the lead in the third quarter with 18 unanswered points.

Shayne Whitley capped an 80-yard drive with a one-yard scoring plunge that made the score 13-0 just four minutes into the second half. A quick three-and-out by the Raiders gave the Eagles the ball at midfield. Three plays later, Jay Sellers broke free for a 21-yard touchdown run.

Joshua Davis scooped up a Midway fumble on the Raiders' nest possession and returned the ball to the five-yard line. Two plays later Taylor found paydirt on a five-yard run to make the score 25-0 and put the game away.

"We controlled the ball in the third quarter and we capitalized on a couple of their mistakes," said Britt. "Our defense made some plays that set up our offense and we put it all together on offense."

Midway turned the ball over seven times on the night. Three fumbles, two interceptions and two turnovers on downs gave Rosewood all the momentum it would need.

"I told the guys after the game that I am no mathematician but four plus four is definitely eight," said Britt. "That is eight consecutive scoreless quarters for this defense. I'm very proud of that."

Midway only mustered 142 yards of total offense for the game.

Taylor led Rosewood with 116 yards on 10 totes. Whitley added 68 yards on the ground and Sellers finished with 57 rushing yards. McGill completed four passes for 54 yards and a touchdown. The Eagles tallied 335 yards of total offense.

Rosewood (2-1 overall) entertains North Stokes on Sept. 9.