The first of three games at Memorial Stadium is in the books and Cleveland came out as winners. We’ll give a quick synopsis of that one, as well as the others once they are finished, below.
Cleveland 28, Bainbridge 20
The Cleveland (1-1) defense came up with three consecutive red-zone sacks in the final minutes to preserve its first win of the season. Ben Fisher’s 29-yard reception gave Bainbridge (0-2) the ball at the Eagles 7-yard line with less than three minutes remaining, but Cleveland’s Latrez Darden came away with two of the final three sacks to seal the victory.
The Eagles set the tone early when Zechariah Brown intercepted the first pass attempt of the game. Cleveland finished with four takeaways — two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
“I know the defense can play like that every time,” Cleveland coach Jeff Schmidt said. “It’s them consistently playing disciplined, aggressive defense.”
Amonte Phillips ran for two touchdowns and threw for another for the Eagles. Kyle Jackson, a mid-game substitution at quarterback, led the Spartans with a touchdown on the ground and through the air.
Roosevelt 41, Ballard 24
Behind a steady running attack, Roosevelt (1-1) outpaced Ballard (1-1) en route to its sixth straight win over its rival. The Rough Riders quickly overcame a 24-14 halftime deficit thanks to a trio of third quarter touchdowns by Dane Rogerson.
Jordan Forst added the final score — plunging in from a yard out in the fourth — for Roosevelt, who held the Beavers scoreless in the second half.
“We came out [after halftime] and we had our heads high,” Rogerson said. “We said, ‘We’re going to clean this up, come back and do the same thing we were doing the first half, just a lot cleaner.'”
Ballard fumbled on its first drive of the second half and then quarterback Jacob Ta’ase had to briefly leave the game on the ensuing possession after dealing with cramps. The Beavers offense never recovered and didn’t threaten to score the rest of the way.
Garfield 48, Franklin 0
Garfield’s running game proved to be too much for Franklin and the Bulldogs (1-1) rolled to a win in the Memorial Football Classic finale. The Quakers (0-2) were able to force a turnover on downs on Garfield’s first offensive possession, but were able to do little else the rest of the game.
Winfred Roberson accounted for three touchdowns — two on the ground and one through the air — and Antoine Patton added a trio of rushing scores.
“I feel like we’ve been a family and coach has given us a famliy stigma, so we’re all in,” Roberson said. “We work together, we’re family. We got to work together like brothers.”