The D Zone

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Top performers from Romeo's 31-8 win over Warren Mott

The D Zone's Game of the Week presented by the Legacy Center was supposed to be an epic MAC Red showdown between an undefeated Warren Mott squad and 2 loss Romeo team, but it turned out being all Romeo from start to their starters were pulled early in the 4th quarter.  Romeo used their offensive and defensive lines to dominate while the runningbacks, receivers, and slots constantly broke lose from tacklers.

Romeo 2018 Slot/DB Nate Goralski
It was definitely a career night for the Junior who has been a big piece to Romeo's success this year.  Goralski does a little bit of everything for Romeo to running the ball and catching it and he did extremely well getting behind Warren Mott's speedy secondary twice.  Goralski capped off his scoring with a rushing touchdown that made the score 21-0 to all, but seal a Romeo win.

Romeo 2017 QB Austin Malczewski
A lot of people outside of Romeo didn't know what to expect with Malczewski taking over the QB position, but the Senior has led by example and performed great as a 1 year starter.  Malczewski and Romeo's plan on offense is to run the ball, mixing in the pass, and be very physical.  Malczewski set the tone on the first drive and built up his confidence with a TD toss to Goralski on the opening possession, right after delivering a perfect pass in the endzone that Romeo's receiver dropped, he didn't look back.

Romeo 2017 RB/S Kade Messner
Messner was very tough to bring down for Mott defenders as he constantly was getting yards despite having a helmet on him.  On defense, Messner directs traffic and didn't need to get involved too much in game saving tackles as the DL and LB's didn't let Mott's RB's or QB get far.

Romeo 2019 Brock Horne
There isn't a more physical imposing Sophomore LB in state than Romeo's Sophomore, Brock Horne.  The 6'2" 200 lbs LB controls the middle of the Romeo defense and despite being Class of 2019 isn't shy of contact as he and his front 7 didn't let the Mott running game do anything all game long.

Romeo 2017 RB Ryan Medley
Medley forms a dangerous trio with Messner and Goralski, but is a very strong runner in between the tackles.  When Romeo needs the chain moved or a big run to setup for the next play, Medley had his name called and he delivered.  With the emergence of Junior, Malik Jones opponents will have more to worry about heading down the stretch.

Romeo's Lineman
This is pretty broad, but we haven't seen a game where one team was so physically overwhelmed for being equally talented and strong, but Romeo brought everything they had.  Offensively, 2017's Louis Thom and Joe Schneider set the tone and constantly had defenders locked down.  Dan Jones, Alvin Resner, and Barrett Brunkey played phenomenal offensively.  Defensively Romeo had big time contributions from David Cameron and DE/OLB Bryan Carie.

Warren Mott 2017 QB Mike Pond
The Mott QB wasn't able to run much as he constantly was forced to give up the ball in Mott's read option.  Pond made several good throws out to receivers, but were immediately flocked by Bulldogs.  When Pond threw deep they were phenomenal throws.  Pond has a Division 1 arm strength and heart, but unfortunately genetics have hindered his recruitment, definitely keep an eye out on Pond because he's a great player.

Warren Mott 2017 Andre Chandler
No player possessed the size and speed as Chandler on Friday night, Romeo's top CB Andrew Smith didn't let Chandler do much, but Chandler beat Smith on a long ball that nearly setup a Warren Mott touchdown.  Chandler though is a freak on the outside and we figure will be having the ball more in his hands vs. Eisenhower than he did this past week.

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