The Roughriders ran roughshod over Jackson, marching for 414 yards on 62 carries in a victory that sends them to the quarterfinals to face Skyline.
EVERETT — After waiting so long to get back into the state playoffs, Roosevelt was not about to make a quick exit.
The Roughriders ran roughshod over Jackson, marching for 414 yards on 62 carries in a 42-28 victory Friday night at Everett Memorial Stadium in the first round of the Class 4A football playoffs.
In the quarterfinals, Roosevelt (8-3) faces top-ranked Skyline at 5 p.m. Friday at Memorial Stadium.
Taku Shiozaki scored five touchdowns and gained 235 yards on 37 carries for 10th-ranked Roosevelt to help offset 355 passing yards by Conor Plaisance of No. 8 Jackson (9-2).
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Still, it took a 91-yard interception return by Spencer Farias in the fourth quarter for Roosevelt to finally seal the win in its first playoff appearance since 1995.
Farias choreographed the return from the instant he picked off the pass at the Roosevelt 9 until he finally meandered into the end zone.
“I was looking for all my guys to be lead blockers, so I was pointing at them and telling where they should go,” Farias said. “It was just beautiful.”
The pick and score with 6:17 left in the fourth quarter helped Roosevelt pad its lead when it looked like Jackson was going to tie the score.
“Oh man, these guys know how to make it exciting,” Roosevelt coach Matt Nelsen said. “That Jackson team is so talented, running all over the place, we were just hoping someone would make a play and Spencer was there. Man, that was a great play.”
Farias added a second interception moments later to finally slow Plaisance, who completed 26 of 41 passes with two touchdowns, both to Trey Robison, who caught six passes for 143 yards.
It was the second time this season Shiozaki scored five touchdowns in a game. The senior said wasn’t the least bit tired despite the heavy workload.
“We knew our offensive line would dominate this game,” Shiozaki said. “So I just had to fight for the extra yards after getting hit.”
Roosevelt threw only twice, once for 12 yards and the second for a two-point conversion.
“We really controlled the ball well, ran strong and stuck to the game plan all night,” Nelsen said.
In addition to Shiozaki, Bereket Anshebo gained 86 yards 10 carries and Carson Hatfield added 64 yards on six carries.