It’s a rough time right now for the Rogers High football team, and after two decisive losses to new league opponents Bellarmine Prep and Olympia, things might get tougher.
Rogers (0-2) is young, with sophomores and juniors seeing more snaps than what coach Gene Bowen has had to play before. The inexperience has led to miscues. The Rams were routed by Bellarmine, 49-0, to open the season, and fell to Olympia, 49-7, on Saturday.
With two decisive losses, is there an answer for Rogers this season?
“They’re young and they’re inexperienced. But you know what? There is some heart there,” Bowen said. “(The) X’s and O’s we fail to communicate sometimes, we fail to execute some things, but it’s not for lack of effort. That’s a tough thing to coach sometimes.”
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It’s one of the hardest things a coach can admit, and one that looked to pain Bowen on Saturday after seeing his players fall in such a manner in two consecutive weeks.
But in times like these, honesty matters most, and the truth of the matter is that it’s now about the future of Rogers football.
“(For) seniors, it’s tough on those guys,” Bowen said. “They have been great as they’ve tried to lead. On the field and off the field, they have done a great job in trying to build that team aspect with the younger guys.”
A strong staff is in place, and there is talent within the younger players. For the rest of this season, it’s about getting the future of the program enough game-time experience so Rogers can make a turnaround sooner than later.
Emerald Ridge 36, Puyallup 28
Both teams boasted about having the top passing attack in the 4A SPSL, and their matchup on Friday didn’t disappoint as six of the nine scores came through the air.
Emerald Ridge (1-1) came away with the big win after Chase McGuire returned a 56-yard, game-deciding interception.
The Jaguars will next play a tough matchup with league favorite Graham-Kapowsin (2-0) at Art Crate Stadium on Friday (Sept. 15), and Puyallup (1-1) will finish off its slate of rivalry games when it hosts Rogers at Sparks Stadium.
Sumner 56, South Kitsap 15
The Wolves shutout the Spartans in the second half. That’s okay, because Sumner (2-0) took care of business in the first half, with eight touchdowns spread throughout the team.
University of Washington commit Connor Wedington (two rushing touchdowns and another on a punt return) and Tre Weed (two rushing touchdowns and an interception return on defense) each came away with three scores to help Sumner pick up the win over South Kitsap (0-2).
Cascade Christian 28, Lynden Christian 19
An already thin lineup is getting thinner as the Cougars have now lost their No. 1 and No. 2 running backs to injuries to start the season.
Madden Tobeck’s week 1 injury turned out to be a broken ankle, which will keep him out seven weeks, and backup Evan Patrick is now out for the season with a broken collarbone.
Still, Cascade Christian (2-0) picked up a tough nonleague win, but team depth is a major concern going forward.