ROSEWOOD FOOTBALL 1

Avante George (3), second from right, takes the handoff as he looks to gain a first down for the Eagles.

The Rosewood Eagles defeated the West Carteret Patriots at home 34-24 to start off the season 2-0.

The Friday game started off as an even contest with both teams scoring a touchdown in the first quarter. West Carteret scored first with a rushing touchdown to lead 8-0. Rosewood quickly answered back with a running touchdown from quarterback Will Harris to make the score 8-7.

West Carteret started off the scoring in the second quarter with another rushing touchdown and two-point conversion to take a 16-7 lead. Rosewood yet again answered back just four minutes later with a rushing touchdown from running back Avante George to make the score 16-14.

Rosewood struggled defensively in the first half of the game, and after cutting the game to two points, they gave up yet another rushing touchdown this time from the West Carteret quarterback. The Patriots once again converted the two-point conversion after the touchdown to take a 24-14 lead with five minutes left in the first half. The rest of the half remained a defensive battle with neither team scoring.

The next half started off like the last half ended — with a defensive showdown. Although both teams had success moving the ball down the field, neither team was able to turn it into points.

With 14 seconds left in the third quarter, West Carteret had the ball on the 1-yard line on fourth and goal. The Patriots decided to go with a handoff up the middle, but the defensive line for the Eagles was there before they could even make it back to the line of scrimmage. This stop resulted in a loss of a yard and a turnover on downs.

Rosewood used up the rest of the time remaining in the third quarter as well as several minutes in the fourth quarter on a slow drive, which led to a rushing touchdown by running back Trequavis Butler. This score for the Eagles cut the lead to four with the score being 20-24.

On the next West Carteret possession, Rosewood forced a fumble when they recovered. This led to another score for the Eagles by George on a 3-yard rushing touchdown to take a 27-24 lead.

The rest of the game was dominated by Rosewood, which controlled almost all the ball possession and scored another rushing touchdown when George once again found the end zone. The final score was Rosewood 34, West Carteret 24.

Head coach Robert Britt was happy with his team’s offensive performance.

“Well, offensively we played great all night long,” Britt said. “The offensive line really set the tone, so if there is a game ball to give out tonight, it goes to that offensive line. Our (running) backs ran extremely hard, the quarterback made really good reads, so early on our offense kept us in it.”

The Rosewood Eagles improve to 2-0 on the season with the win while West Carteret falls to 1-1.

Rosewood will face the Hobbton Wildcats next in Newton Grove on Friday.