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JOHNSTOWN — The initial shot to the chin stunned the Frederick Warriors. The ensuing body blows knocked the wind out of them and sent them reeling.

By the time Frederick regained its senses, it was down by three touchdowns in the first quarter.

And if the Roosevelt Roughriders looked extra motivated during their 41-7 Class 3A nonconference game on Friday night at Peterson Field, they had reason.

“We wanted to get back at them for last year big time,” Roosevelt senior running back Christian Kratz said. “The knocked us out of the playoffs so that helped with our focus. We had 12-0 written up all over the locker room, and that got us going.”

That was the score of Frederick’s victory over Roosevelt in the first round of the 2010 state playoffs, the Warriors first-ever postseason win. The ploy by the Roughriders’ coaching staff worked well.

Kratz racked up 85 yards on the ground, and he was his team’s third-leading rusher in the game. Marcus Holguin carried the ball 16 times for a game-high 94 yards and two touchdowns and Juan Sanchez picked up another 88 yards on the way to Roosevelt’s 338 yards rushing, unofficially.

The Roughriders, ranked No. 8 in 3A, improved to 5-0 on the season.

Frederick (3-2) managed to battle back and hold strong in the second and third quarters, but it already was too late by then.

“You have to tip your hat to those kids. They came out fired up,” coach Thad Lear said. “After we spotted them 21 points I felt like our kids fought hard and we got some things going. But they outplayed us and they out-coached us.”

Roosevelt opened the game with a 14-play, 80-yard drive that ended in a touchdown, and it did it by using a hurry-up offense that snapped the ball about every 10-15 seconds. The offensive line was punishing, pushing Frederick back on the majority of snaps.

The Warriors didn’t help matters by fumbling the ball away on their first possession, setting up the Roughriders on Frederick’s 39-yard line. Six plays later Spencer Urban found Mark Rios for a 32-yard touchdown pass.

That was followed by a quick punt from Frederick, which Trevin Stadler returned 37 yards to give Roosevelt excellent field position once again. It took just four plays this time before Holguin scored from 13 yards out.

It was 21-0 Roughriders and 1:52 still remained in the first quarter.

“We should have come out firing also,” Frederick’s Jaron Balman said. “We need to practice harder this week and do everything better fundamentally before we start conference play next week.”

Balman finished 9-for-20 with 102 yards passing and Ryan Miller picked up 35 yards on nine carries to lead the Warriors.

Frustration settled in early for Frederick and its fans, who could be heard on just about every other play screaming for a flag or imploring the referees to “call it both ways.”

The officials’ eyesight was questioned, but Roosevelt finished with 12 penalties for 118 yards while Frederick had just five flags for 50 yards. Brady Delander can be reached at

Roosevelt 41, Frederick 7

At Peterson Field

Frederick (3-2) 0 0 0 7 — 7

Roosevelt (5-0) 21 0 0 20 — 41


First Quarter

Roosevelt — Spencer Urban 1 run (kick failed), 8:00.

Roosevelt — Mark Rios 32 reception from Urban (Joshua Semmier run), 4:45.

Roosevelt — Marcus Holguin 13 run (Rios kick), 1:52.

Fourth Quarter

Roosevelt — Urban 1 run (Rios kick), 11:38.

Frederick — Ryan Miller 1 run (Kevin Rechtless kick), 6:59.

Roosevelt — Holguin 18 run (kick failed), 3:02.

Roosevelt — Trevin Stadler 41 interception return (Rios kick), 1:49.


First downs 9 26

Rushes-yards 28-71 52-338

Passing yards 102 103

Comp-Att-Int 9-20-2 4-12-0

Punts-Avg. 4-34.5 0-0

Fumbles-Lost 1-1 3-2

Penalties-Yards 5-50 12-118


RUSHING — Frederick: Miller 9-35, KC Rivera 5-15, Jacob Sleeth 2-9, Dalton Hall 5-8, Jaron Balman 7-4; Roosevelt: Holguin 16-94, Juan Sanchez 14-88, Christian Kratz 14-85, Randolph Molinar 3-42, Semmier 5-20, Rios 2-8, Urban 14-1.

PASSING (comp-att-int-yards) — Frederick: Balman 9-20-2-1-2; Roosevelt: Urban 4-12-0-103.

RECEIVING — Frederick: Rivera 1-29, Justin Tabor 2-24, Sleeth 1-24, Zach Gomez 2-19, Hall 1-6, Austin Kearney 1-4, Rechtless 1-(minus 4); Roosevelt: Christopher Holle 3-71, Rios 1-32.