Roosevelt grid machine advances to regional state finals

Photo by Daniel Gretzner
Wyandotte Roosevelt placekicker Jacob Simpson boots a field goal during a recent practice. He adds scoring punch to the Bears varsity grid team.

Regional state prep football playoff competition was in full force throughout Michigan last weekend. Wyandotte Roosevelt (10-1) hosted visiting Oak Park (9-2) on Oct. 9 with a Division 2 regional championship on the line.

The Bears have been red hot most of this year and share the championship in the Downriver League. Head Coach Ron Adams is happy with his 2012 team. The squad from the Eureka Road school blanked Taylor Truman 9-0 as the Bears won their second straight district title.

“Our team is looking good,” Adams said. “We will need to be quite physical and tough to beat Oak Park and move on in the playoffs.

“Wyandotte doesn’t get to play in a regional contest all that often. It is a credit to my entire team and assistant coaches that we have played so well this season.”

Offensive weapons for Wyandotte hope that their talents on the gridiron will have led them to victory in their regional battle with Oak Park. One of those weapons is Kevin Matejko, a senior quarterback who is more than capable of leading an effective passing attack.

Also, junior kicker Jacob Simpson has been deadly accurate all season. He punched in three field goals against Truman, his longest thus far has been a 38-yarder.

Running back Aaron Robinson is a consistently productive pigskin carrier. He has crossed the enemy goal line and hit paydirt on a steady basis. It will take a balanced offense to keep the visiting Oak Park defense off balance.

If the Bears can get by Oak Park, they move to the next level of competition. For folks who follow the local teams in the greater Downriver/Dearborn areas, it would be nice to see Wyandotte go deeper into the playoffs.