The Lee Volunteers took on the Roosevelt Roughriders this past Friday night and suffered their worst loss of the season.
Roosevelt quarterback Jacob Preciado was 12-17 for 172 yards as the Roughriders knocked off the Lee Volunteers 45-14 in a stunner at Comalander Stadium.
The Roughriders improve to 3-2; while Lee falls to 3-2. With the loss, the Volunteers are now 0-10 for the past ten years against Roosevelt; losing by an average of 28 points. This is the 5th time in those 10 games that the margin of defeat was by at least 30.
The Vols problems began after Adrion Smith ran the opening kickoff back 92 yards to put Roosevelt up 7-0. After the Vols fumbled the ensuing kickoff, the Riders kicked a 19-yard field goal to go up 10-0 just 3 minutes into the game.
After the Vols took a turn and had to punt, Preciado scored on a 1-yard boot leg as Roosevelt took a 17-0 lead into the second quarter.
Things only got worse there as Preciado hit Roosevelt’s Rodrick Owens for a 4-yard touchdown to put the score at 24-0, which later increased to 31-0 after an Arion Springs 3-yard touchdown run.
For the second time in 3 weeks, Coach Danny Klosa decided to pass on a chip shot field goal to get the Vols back in the game. On 4th and 2 from the 15 yard line; Freedom Salas failed to pick up the first down; which led to the Riders going up 38-0 at halftime; the most points ever allowed in the first half of a game in the Klosa era.
During the third quarter, things continued as Preciado hit Owens in the end zone on a fourth and goal to make the score 45-0 with 3:34 left in the third quarter.
On a positive note, in the fourth quarter Nick Lugo threw two touchdown passes to Mark Sullivan as the Vols avoided their first shutout since November 1st of last year 45-14.
The Volunteers will stay at Comalandar Stadium as they host the 4-0 Reagan Rattlers on Saturday night while the RoughRiders visit Madison.