By Glennis Curry
For the AJC
Roswell fans had never known the struggle that came with last year’s winless season. A comeback victory by their crosstown rival hurt worst, but the Hornets reversed both fortunes and took back the Mayor’s Cup Friday in a 42-13 victory against Centennial at Ray Manus Stadium.
Roswell senior running back Andrew Kwateng ran for 236 yards in just under one quarter and a half, including a 90-yard burst that gave the Hornets a 21-6 lead. After the Roswell defense forced a fumble at its own 10, Kwateng took a handoff from Ryan Monty and went up the left sideline, breaking three tackles along the way. It was his third score of the half, as he broke free for a 51-yard run earlier in the second quarter and finished the Hornets’ first touchdown drive 16-yard run in the first quarter.
Backup tailback Shakur Jackson ran for 38 yards and a touchdown with seconds to go before halftime, putting Roswell ahead 28-6. Jackson carried the ball the entire second half and finished with 74 yards rushing. Monty added two third-quarter scores – an 8-yard bootleg and a 2-yard sneak on back-to-back possessions in the third quarter.
Monty benefitted from five turnovers forced by the Roswell defense in the third quarter, three interceptions of Centennial quarterback Chase Rosenberg and two lost fumbles.
Rosenberg moved the Knights offense into the red zone early, leading to two Devin O’Neill field goals in the first three possessions. Behind 34 rushing yards from Rosenberg, O’Neill put the Knights ahead 3-0 on their first possession with a 27-yard field goal. After giving up Kwateng’s first score, Centennial recovered a fumble at the Roswell 44 and moved to the Hornets 14 before O’Neill hit a 31-yard field goal.
Rosenberg completed 10 of 29 passes for 75 yards and ran for another 62 yards. Cyril Teal ran for 104 yards, including a late 68-yard run that set up a 2-yard score by Patrick Inwood.
Roswell (1-0) ended a two-game losing streak to Centennial and an 11-game streak overall.
Centennial 6 0 0 7 13
Roswell 7 21 14 0 42
C – Devin O’Neill 27 FG
R – Andrew Kwateng 16 run (Bennett Barton kick)
C – O’Neill 31 FG
R – Kwateng 51 run (Barton kick)
R – Kwateng 90 run (Barton kick)
R – Shakur Jackson 4 run (Barton kick)
R – Ryan Monty 8 run (Barton kick)
C – Patrick Inwood 2 run (O’Neill kick)