After the first play from scrimmage it appeared the chances of the Rolla High School football team getting out of a winless rut were pretty good.
ROLLA – After the first play from scrimmage it appeared the chances of the Rolla High football team had a decent chance to dig itself out of a winless rut.
However, when the final horn sounded, it was the Waynesville Tigers celebrating their first victory.
After Rolla bolted to a 10-0 lead, Waynesville reeled off five unanswered touchdowns to post a 32-17 Ozark Conference victory Friday night at Lions Memorial Field.
Rolla drops to 0-5 both overall and in the league while the Tigers improve to 1-4.
Certainly things were in favor of RHS early on. After senior Joe Drallmeier returned the game’s opening kickoff 28 yards, junior running back Andy Satulla took a handoff, busted through the line of scrimmage, got to the left sideline and was gone for a 60-yard TD run on the game’s first play.
Then Rolla had a chance to put Waynesville in a two-touchdown hole, after a shanked Tiger punt gave RHS the ball at the Waynesville 48-yard line. Rolla drove to the Tiger 15-yard line before RHS sophomore quarterback Kyle Morris had a pass intercepted by Tiger senior Lamar Holmes.
A three-and-out followed and Waynesville had to punt it back to Rolla, which took over at the Tiger 39. The drive stalled at the WHS 5-yard line, and junior Landon Maynard kicked a 22-yard field goal on the first play of the second period, making it 10-0.
It was all Waynesville after that as junior Varon Martinez, in his second game as starting quarterback, caught fire.
Waynesville senior running back Ronald McLean was responsible for the first Tiger touchdown, as he busted up the middle and got to the left sideline on a 54-yard scoring run. After a RHS penalty, Waynesville opted for the two-point conversion run, which fell short, leaving the score 10-6.
And right before halftime Waynesville took its first lead of the season, marching 54 yards for a touchdown. Martinez found senior wideout Trent Simpson for a 16-yard touchdown pass with 17 seconds left in the half. The Tiger point-after kick failed, but the Tigers still went into intermission up 12-10.
“We hit a lull in the middle of the second quarter and kind of lost our steam,” Rolla head coach Willie Howard said.
Rolla did little on offense in the third period before, late in the quarter, Waynesville scored again on the strength of Martinez’s feet.
Martinez broke off a 17-yard run and later hit senior wideout Michael Thompson with a 12-yard pass to get to the Bulldog 36. Two plays later Martinez sprinted up the middle on a keeper, broke a tackle and was gone for a 28-yard touchdown run. Justen Leifer’s extra point made it 19-10.
The Tigers scored on their next possession as well, as Martinez rolled right and hit sophomore wideout Seth Hedrick in stride for a 39-yard pickup. Two plays later Martinez broke off a 30-yard run to get to the RHS 10. Junior running back Willie Parker ended the drive with a eight-yard touchdown run two plays later.
After Morris was intercepted again, Waynesville made it 32-10 on a 29-yard touchdown pass from Martinez to Thompson.
Inside the game’s final minute Rolla scored on a 10-yard pass from Morris to senior wideout Jared McBride.
Satulla finished with 162 rushing yards on 29 carries while Morris hit on 11-of-25 passes for 100 yards.
Martinez rushed for 117 yards on 15 carries and completed 11-of-18 passes for 182 yards while McLean finished with 78 rushing yards.
“We wanted to take the run away from [Martinez] and make him beat us passing,” Howard said. “He threw the ball as well as he has all year. They have a nice group of athletic kids.”
It won’t get any easier this week for the Bulldogs, who travel to 4-1 Camdenton for another league game Friday (7 p.m. kickoff).
“We’ve got to just keep going,” Howard said. “We can’t let a lull in the game take the wind out of our sails.”
Waynesville is will travel to Joplin on Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Waynesville 32, Rolla 17
First downs: RHS 16, WHS 14
Yards rushing: RHS 189, WHS 234
Yards passing: RHS 100, WHS 182
Total yards: RHS 289, WHS 416
Passing: RHS 11-25, WHS 11-18
Int. thrown: RHS 2, WHS 0
Fumbles lost: RHS 0, WHS 1
Penalties: RHS 9-62, WHS 7-65
Punting: RHS 5-37.8, WHS 5-27.2
The score by periods:
Rolla 7 3 0 7-17
Waynesville 0 12 7 13-32
The scoring plays:
Rolla: Satulla 60-yard run, Maynard kick (11:41).
Rolla: Maynard 22-yard field goal (11:56).
Waynesville: McLean 54-yard run, conversion fails (8:28).
Waynesville: Simpson 16-yard pass from Martinez, kick fails (:17).
Waynesville: Martinez 28-yard run, Leifer kick (1:25).
Waynesville: Parker 8-yard run, kick fails (6:33).
Waynesville: Thompson 29-yard pass from Martinez, Leifer kick (1:55).
Rolla: McBride 10-yard pass from Morris, Maynard kick (:41).
Rushing: Rolla - Satulla 29 for 162, Morris 9 for 5, Maples 2 for 13, Drallmeier 2 for 9. Waynesville - McLean 12 for 78, Martinez 15 for 117, Parker 5 for 39.
Passing: Rolla - Morris 11-25-100-2. Waynesville - Martinez 11-18-182-0.
Receiving: Rolla - Nash 4 for 21, McBride 3 for 46, Drallmeier 1 for 24, Lohr 2 for 1, Satulla 1 for 8. Waynesville - Thompson 8 for 119, Simpson 2 for 24, Hedrick 1 for 39.
Interceptions: Rolla - none. Waynesville - Holmes 1 for 11, Bradford 1 for 13.