Justin Guerrero’s 1-yard touchdown run pulled the Franklin D. Roosevelt football team within a point with 1:30 remaining. But the Presidents passed on the potential tying extra-point kick, opting instead for winning two-point conversion.
“We have a set of about five plays for two-point conversions that we’re really confident in,” Roosevelt coach Brian Bellino said. “We had run the ball really well in the fourth quarter, so we went for it.”
It was an off-tackle power run, and Jake Niesen plunged into the end zone from two yards out, lifting the Presidents to a dramatic 22-21 win over host Middletown High School on Friday.
Roosevelt rallied from down 21-7 entering the fourth quarter. On that last drive, which last five minutes and went 60 yards, the Presidents used a “dominant ground game,” the coach said.
It helped that offensive guard Quin Winkler returned after missing four games with a broken hand. He, along with Neil Tompkins, helped open holes for the runners.
Guerrero’s 1-yard touchdown run pulled the Presidents within 21-14 with nine minutes left. E.J. Budai scored on a 2-yard run to tie the score at 7 in the first quarter for Roosevelt (4-3). Middletown jumped ahead with two long touchdowns in the third quarter.
“We got eliminated from playoff contention last week and we’re facing a school twice our size on their homecoming night,” Bellino said. “For the kids to respond the way they did and fight back in the fourth says a lot.”
Roosevelt hosts Kingston at 7 p.m. Friday.
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