Chippewa Valley runs past Romeo

Doug Roberts' big night leads Chippewa to 2-0

By: Thomas Franz | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published September 6, 2013

 Chippewa's Nick Baril records one of his three sacks on Romeo quarterback Zachary Rizo.

Chippewa's Nick Baril records one of his three sacks on Romeo quarterback Zachary Rizo.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes

Doug Roberts carried Chippewa Valley to a 21-11 victory against Romeo on Friday night.

The senior running back had 21 carries for 148 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Big Reds. His backfield mate, Troy Taylor, added 96 yards and a touchdown on seven carries for Chippewa (2-0). 

After a touchdown run and two-point conversion rush by quarterback Zachary Rizo brought Romeo to within 10 in the third quarter, the Bulldogs could not capitalize off of a turnover by Chippewa on the ensuing kickoff as they were forced into a three-and-out by the Chippewa defense.

Each side went on to exchange punts, but Romeo had a first-and-goal opportunity from the Chippewa 5 yard line with less than three minutes to go. After being stopped on the goal line three times, Romeo missed an 18-yard field goal that would have made it a one score game.

Roberts sealed the game from there to secure the victory for Chippewa.

"We knew it was going to be hard-fought, just like the Dearborn game. But in the end, we got it done," Roberts said. "Our defense helped a lot. They made a big stop at the goal line and allowed us to win the game."

Roberts opened the scoring for Chippewa with a 3-yard touchdown run with 8:26 left in the first quarter. The run capped a fast-paced, 6 play, 53 yard drive in 1:45.

Taylor gave Chippewa a 14-0 lead with 8:43 to go in the second quarter as he took a 22-yard run into the end zone.

Chippewa will travel to Utica Eisenhower next Friday while Romeo (1-1) will host Macomb Dakota.