JOHNSTOWN — The tears were pooling in Michael Broz’s eyes.
He took his helmet off for the last time.
To do so in a 47-13 loss in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs to host Roosevelt on Friday night at Peterson Field was not what he envisioned for his last memory on a football field.
But as with life, Broz and his Frederick teammates will try to mix this memory with all the good and try to find a balance — however impossible that seems.
“I can’t put it into words,” Broz said. “I’ve grown up with these guys since I was 7. And this is the month I’ve been looking forward to.
“The empty feeling I have right now is something I never thought I would feel. I wouldn’t change it for anything, though.”
The opening seconds of the game gave the impression this was headed for a shootout.
After the RoughRiders fumbled on their first possession, the Warriors responded with a quick Xavier Lindberg 5-yard touchdown run for the 7-0 lead.
After that, it was all Roosevelt. It reeled off 47 unanswered points and forced five turnovers, two of which resulted in touchdowns.
“You just can’t turn the ball over, and that was it,” Frederick coach Thad Lear said. “For our senior class, they have nothing to hang their heads about. We had a lot of success the last four years and they were a big reason why.”
Aside from the turnovers, a big reason this game was so lopsided is the rushing attack of the RoughRiders. The senior one-two punch of Lincoln Schultz and Randy Molinar combined for 220 yards and three touchdowns. Molinar put a bow on this game for the RoughRiders (8-2) with his highlight reel 31-yard touchdown run where he broke a tackle, kept his balance and twisted into the south end zone.
Schultz finished with 11 carries for 115 yards, while Molinar chipped in with 105 yards on 12 carries.
“We’re right where we want to be,” Molinar said. “We’re one step closer to our goal. There was definitely a little sense of revenge since they beat us earlier in the season (23-20). That’s not how we play, and we wanted to come out and play our game.”
Added Broz, who finished with 11 carries for 33 yards rushing and was 3 for 16 passing for 17 yards and four interceptions: “We gave up too many big plays early. We have no problem getting our offense going but those big plays killed our momentum. We should have come out and hit them in the mouth before they did it to us.”
To the credit of Frederick (6-4), it never cashed in its chips. It kept scrapping for each yard and tackle, punctuated by Daniel Scarbrough’s 69-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Did it change the outcome of the game? No, but the point was the Warriors kept playing, something the younger players could use as motivation and learn from in the future.
“When you have a goal that you want to reach, you work so hard to get it,” Broz said. “But once it’s over, you have to move on and forget about it — no matter the outcome. I hated to lose this game, but I have no regrets.”
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Roosevelt 47, Frederick 13
At Roosevelt H.S.
Frederick (6-4) 7 0 0 6 — 13
Roosevelt (8-2) 20 7 13 7 — 47
Frederick — Xavier Lindberg 5 run (Dalton Nelson kick).
Roosevelt — Lincoln Schultz 2 run (kick failed).
Roosevelt — Omar Rivera 24 pass from Kane Kratz (run failed).
Roosevelt — Randy Molinar 19 run (Schultz pass from Kratz).
Roosevelt — Rivera 32 pass from Kratz (Jessica Meek kick).
Roosevelt — Alize Garcia 1 run (kick failed).
Roosevelt — Spencer Roberts 30 interception return (Meek kick).
Roosevelt — Molinar 31 run (Meek kick).
Frederick — Daniel Scarbrough 69 fumble return (kick failed).
RUSHING — Frederick: Michael Broz 11-33, Lindberg 9-27, Mitchell Held 8-18, Joe Lopez 5-27; Roosevelt: Schultz 11-115, Molinar 12-105, Ritchie Escobar 4-22, Kratz 2-1, Garcia 1-1.
PASSING (comp-att-int-yards) — Frederick Broz 3-16-4-17; Roosevelt: Kratz 2-3-0-61.
RECEIVING — Frederick: Held 1-11, Jordan DeFalco 1-6; Roosevelt: Rivera 2-61.