MORRISTOWN With opposing coaches and scouts sitting in the stands, what message did Roxbury send to its future opponents who watched the Gaels dismantle Morristown, 38-7, Saturday afternoon?
Forget about Hurricane Joaquin. The Roxbury offense can blow right through an opposing defense, and the Gaels defense can inflict the equivalent amount of damage on the other team’s offense across the line of scrimmage.
Quarterback Grant Dixon threw for two touchdown passes and rushed in a third, and Roxbury’s defense forced four turnovers as the Gaels improved to 4-0 on the season.
Morristown running back Jhamil King had rushed for 455 yards on 48 carries through the Colonials first three games. Saturday, Roxbury’s defensive line was able to contain the elusive runner to only 23 yards on nine carries.
“Our linebackers Malik Goldberry and Craig Roumes coming off the edges did a great job, and the guys up front like Na’sear Robinson, Connor Young, Brandon Yaw and James Roberts closed things down,” Roxbury coach Cosmo Lorusso said. “Those guys had a great day.”
Dixon put Roxbury on the scoreboard on the Gaels first possession moving the ball up field with both his arm and his legs. Dixon rushed for 56 yards on five carries and completed all four of his pass attempts for 18 yards before scoring on a quarterback sneak from 1-yard out to give his side a 7-0 lead.
Morristown answered right back with a 53-yard pass from Cameron Boswell to Ricky Lorenzo who blew past the Roxbury secondary to tie the game at 7.
“We had a communication breakdown on that play and that affected our coverage,” Lorusso said. “But this is an experienced team, and our kids are mature enough to respond on the next possession and score.”
After Craig Roumes returned the kickoff 50 yards to the Morristown 43-yard line, Roxbury took the lead for good on a 21-yard run by Tommy Miller who broke two tackles on the scoring run.
Roxbury’s defense then set the tone for the rest of the game when Roberts strip-sacked Boswell, and recovered the fumble at the Morristown 41-yard line. Dixon finished off a six-play drive, with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Tucker Voebel, giving Roxbury a 21-7 lead.
“Our defense played great today, everyone did their job and everyone was involved,” Roberts said. “Our defensive line got pressure on their quarterback, and we stopped their run upfront.”
Dixon meanwhile had another solid performance for Roxbury. The senior quarterback completed 22 of 33 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for 69 yards on 12 carries. Dixon also intercepted Boswell in the third quarter. Dixon spread the ball around to multiple receivers as Voebel, Clevenger, Roumes, Miller and Stephen Loreng all had receptions.
“I have not been around a group of kids that can do the things that they collectively do each week,” Lorusso said. “Somebody is always making a great play, and it all starts with number 5.”
Clevenger who had booted a 27-yard field goal in the third quarter, scored Roxbury’s final touchdown on a 31-yard strike from Dixon one play after Roumes intercepted Boswell.
“It’s great to have so many kids who can catch the ball and for Grant to have so many options that we can spread the ball around,” Clevenger said.
Andrew Chilson led Morristown rushing for 88 yards on 10 carries. Boswell completed eight of 19 passes for 114 yards and one touchdown.
Roxbury 21-7-3-7 — 38
Morristown 7-0-0-0 — 7
R–Grant Dixon 1 run (Jack Clevenger kick)
M–Ricky Lorenzo 53 pass from Cameron Boswell (Ethan Bolson kick)
R–Tommy Miller 21 run (Jack Clevenger kick)
R–Tucker Voebel 6 pass from Grant Dixon (Jack Clevenger kick)
R–Craig Roumes 1 run (Jack Clevenger kick)
R–Jack Clevenger 27FG
R–Jack Clevenger 31 pass from Grant Dixon (Jack Clevenger kick)
Team Records: Roxbury 4-0, Morristown 2-2