It’s amazing what one week can do. Just two weeks ago, Roosevelt struggled mightily in a loss to Servite; however, one would’ve never known the team was coming off a tough loss based on the way they played against Alta Loma on Friday night. Roosevelt notched their first home victory in their decisive 41-6 win over Alta Loma.
Coaches frequently emphasize how important a quick start is, and Roosevelt definitely got off to one on Friday. Quarterback Jeremy Moussa connected with receiver Randy Rivera on a 45-yard go route for a touchdown on the first drive of the game. Roosevelt’s defense then followed that up with a three-and-out.
Just a few drives later, Chase Williams made the play of the game when he scored a touchdown on an out route. Although the catch was nice, what he did after the catch can only be described as superhuman. He forced a number of defenders to miss with some shifty moves and dragged a defender into the end zone. Williams had another touchdown later in the game when he went uncovered up the seam.
Although Roosevelt’s offense looked good, it was their defensive performance that was most impressive. Historically, Roosevelt’s defense has been moved on with ease, but on Friday night, they were seemingly an immovable object. They only allowed one touchdown and that came when a cornerback was beat on a post route that went for 27 yards. The corner didn’t trail the receiver by much, but good ball placement and the lack of safety help made the touchdown possible.
In many ways, Roosevelt played team defense against Alta Loma. Their guys rallied to the ball and made sure to bring down ball carriers. The defensive line lived in the opponent’s backfield and made life tough for Alta Loma’s running backs. Most importantly, perhaps, is the fact that they created turnovers. Chase Williams dropped into his deep third of the field while in zone coverage and came from behind the receiver to make an interception. To start the second half, linebacker Jacob Salcedo returned an interception for a touchdown. Jaylen Martin had Roosevelt’s third interception of the night as he came down from his safety position and returned a ball for a touchdown. A corner broke-up the pass on a slant, and Martin read the deflection perfectly and caught it.
Friday’s game against Alta Loma confirmed that Roosevelt can be a threat in league play. The offense has all of the potential in the world. Playmakers like Chase Williams and Major Lee are continuing to do damage against opposing defenses, and the offense is even more potent now that Randy Rivera has emerged as one of Jeremy Moussa’s favorite targets. The improvement in Rivera’s skill set is evident as he is no longer limited to short and intermediate routes; he and Moussa have already connected on a few deep balls.
If Roosevelt’s defense continues to improve, they could become the complementary piece the offense has so desperately needed. A team that plays complementary football is a dangerous one, and Roosevelt might have found the recipe that makes them a threat to anyone.