MORRISTOWN, N.J. – The Roxbury High School football team dominated its Morristown opponents today in the season opener, beating the Colonials 28-13 in the first game of the season.
In the first two minutes of the game, Gaels quarterback Donovan Brady, a junior, threw a 36-yard pass to senior tight end Paul Shadel and Shadel spun out of a tackle and ran 27 yards for a touchdown. The play amped-up up Roxbury’s energy and confidence early.
The excitement was to continue. With 2:41 left in the first quarter, Justin Werder ran through the middle, breaking several tackles for a 70-yard touchdown. The quarter ended with Roxbury up 21-0.
But Roxbury failed to repeat the onslaught in the second quarter. With 1:27 left in the half, Morristown turned a Hail Mary pass into a touchdown. The successful extra point attempt made the score 21-7 going into half-time.
Roxbury defense held Morristown to those seven points in the third quarter and it looked like the 21-7 score was going to stay in place as the clock wound down. But with just four minutes left in the quarter, junior Gael Michael Roumes put Roxbury ahead even more with a 40-yard reception for a touchdown.
There were 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter when Morristown scored another touchdown and hoped for a 2-point conversion. That plan was quashed by a Tyshon Bradley tackle, leaving the score at 28-13 when the game ended.
With a good start under its belt, Roxbury will prepare for Wayne Hills on Friday night at home.