The Roseville High School varsity football team celebrates after beating Port Huron Northern to win the district championship Nov. 5.

The Roseville High School varsity football team celebrates after beating Port Huron Northern to win the district championship Nov. 5.

Photo provided by Joe Genest


Roseville High football wins district championship for the first time

By: Maria Allard | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published November 18, 2021

 Tyrell Henry carries the ball for Roseville in the game against De La Salle Nov. 13 at the Wayne State University football field in Detroit.

Tyrell Henry carries the ball for Roseville in the game against De La Salle Nov. 13 at the Wayne State University football field in Detroit.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

 Roseville senior Jeremiah Bell dives over the goal line in a game that the Panthers won Sept. 17 against Grosse Pointe North.

Roseville senior Jeremiah Bell dives over the goal line in a game that the Panthers won Sept. 17 against Grosse Pointe North.

Photo provided by Joe Genest

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ROSEVILLE — The Roseville High School varsity football team has made history and, in the process, has made the district proud.

This season, the star athletes captured their first-ever football district championship, winning two playoff games.

“It’s a great feeling for the community to do something that’s never been done before,” head coach Vernard Snowden said. “We’re making history.”

Snowden has been the coach for three years. With his encouragement and guidance, he saw that the team really stepped it up this year with “more dedication, more discipline and more commitment.”

On Nov. 13, the Roseville Panthers took on the De La Salle Collegiate Pilots in a state playoff game held on the Wayne State University football field in Detroit. The team members were “very excited” to make it this far and also to play on a college campus.

“Knowing they can accomplish something to this extent, it’s huge for their confidence,” Snowden said.

Although they brought their A-game, the Panthers were defeated by the De La Salle Pilots, 45-14. Still, the season has been memorable with everything the Roseville players accomplished. That includes all the support they received from the community — including friends and family.

“Everyone has come out to cheer us on and be a part of it,” Snowden said.

Senior Tyrell Henry, also a team captain, credits the team’s “brotherhood” for the successful season.

“We all came together better than in the last two years. We worked hard. We prepared,” the wide receiver said. “We love each other. We’ve been playing our hardest every game. We kept going. It’s a great feeling when you get people supporting you to do good.”

Henry started playing football 11 year ago and has a few ideas as to why it is such a popular sport.

“Everyone comes together to watch the game,” Henry said. “It’s fast. It’s fun. You know what the players are going through.”

Team captain and defensive tackle Malachi Clark was “pumped” and “focused” for the Nov. 13 game. He said becoming district champion was a goal for the team. Before hitting the field, Clark “gives himself a little pep talk.”

Clark, a senior, offered a message for his teammates.

“I love them. I enjoy playing with the team,” the football player said. “I wouldn’t trade it for any other team. It’s a good thing to know a lot of people were standing behind us.”

The team finished with a 7-5 season record. The highest score the Roseville team achieved was during the Oct. 1 game against the Warren Woods Tower Titans, when Roseville won 74-6.

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