SPOKANE, Wash. - The Rogers football team almost did something last Friday it hasn't done since 2004: win a game. The Pirates hope to get over the top this Thursday at Joe Albi Stadium against Gonzaga Prep.
Rogers (0-4) showed it could content with a middle-of-the-pack University team (2-2). They took a 14-14 tie into the fourth quarter on the road, only to lose it in the end 21-14. The Pirates' Cody Peterson ran for 114 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown in the first half.
The Bullpups will have a statement of their own to make this week. Ranked No. 19 in the state, Gonzaga Prep (3-1) is hungry to prove they belong with the cream of the GSL, despite their 13-37 loss to Ferris in the second game of the season.
The Bullpups' strength comes in the form of a ferocious running attack. They lead the league in rushing yards, averaging more than 8 yards a carry as a team. Sophomore running back Bishop Sankey is a big-time runner who leads the GSL in total rushing yards and averages 12.8 yards a carry.
Rogers has continued to show improvement over the course of the short season so far, mainly the result of a much-improved defense. The Pirates are second in the league when it comes to defending the run - second only to Gonzaga Prep. Their pass defense isn't the best, but it's not the worst either. And as a whole, the Bullpups have allowed more yards per game than the Pirates, proving that Thursday's game could be closer than some imagined at the start of the season.