Homestead defensive line coach Ben Rogers peeled away from the Spartans as they headed to the locker room, joining a group of orange-clad Northrop Bruins at halftime at Spuller Stadium.
Rogers, a member of Northrop's 1999 football team that went 12-2 and won a regional title, was among those recognized Friday night for the 20th anniversary of its season.
“Seeing them again brought back a lot of memories,” Rogers said. “That's what made that team special, was how close we all were.”
Senior Camden Rogers, who had 77 receiving yards, a touchdown, and three solo tackles in Homestead's 43-6 victory, saluted his father and that team Friday.
“I grew up around those guys, I actually grew up around Northrop, so I know a lot of the people here,” the younger Rogers said. “I grew up watching his highlight tapes of that year. That was a really great team. But I told him before the game, I know you're going to be honored, but we're going to have to ruin his night. I apologize.”
Lions bare teeth
Leo showed in a 36-0 victory over Woodlan that it's the real deal. Peyton Wall rushed 13 times for 251 yards and four touchdowns, and he intercepted a pass.
“My focus is being a team player,” he said. “Last year, we thought that it was all based on one player, Alex Wertman or AJ Restivo, and this year our focus is on everyone. Everyone gets the, ball everyone goes to the down, everyone scores; that's our main goal.”
The Leo defense gave up just 106 yards and intercepted Ben Reidy four times.
“I like (our defensive) speed,” Leo coach Jared Sauder said. “I thought we ran to the ball really well. They have some good receivers and our secondary did a great job in coverage. When you execute like that, good things happen and that's what happened tonight.”
2 Chargers wreak havoc
West Noble came into this season with little experience on the offensive and defensive fronts, but a 19-7 victory at Central Noble showed that junior Jeremyah James and senior Taylor Guzman should be able to fill the holes at defensive tackle.
James and Guzman, both 285 pounds, clogged the running lanes and Central Noble's lone score came via a fumble recovery.
“I love Jeremyah and Taylor,” West Noble linebacker Brandon Pruitt said. “They're awesome guys. They plugged up the middle very well, and they're hard workers. I think if they continue to work hard, they'll have a good season.”
Saints' new weapon
State-champion Bishop Dwenger, ranked No. 2 in Class 5A, opened with a 41-6 victory at Wayne. Michael Ledo Jr., who had transferred from Snider, caught three passes for 65 yards, including deep routes of 23 and 34 yards, complementing an already deep receiving corps.
“He's a very special deep threat,” Dwenger coach Jason Garrett said. “That's an element that Bishop Dwenger football hasn't had in a while. To have him available and to be able to do the things that he does just is another thing that defenses have to prepare for.”
Ledo added to an offense that already had receivers Griffin Eifert and Patrick O'Keefe, a backfield with Devon Tippmann and Patrick Finley, and quarterback Brenden Lytle.
“I've never seen a kid run routes like that,” Lytle said. “It's going to open it up for everyone. Having deep threats like that, it's going to open up our run game, so they can't stack the box like they always do. So it's going to be hard to defend us.”