GARY | Tashon Rogers and Gavit had a therapeutic fifth game of the season Friday, coming off three straight losses and being shut out twice in three weeks.
Rogers finished with 273 total yards — including 203 on the ground — and four scores to help Gavit take out its frustrations in a 42-0 win over Roosevelt.
"It's been kind of a slump, man. I needed this week," Rogers said. "It was important week for us to come out and have a breakout week."
Gavit (2-3) got things going early, as Rogers scored on a 38-yard keeper on the Gladiators' second play from scrimmage.
Gavit's second drive stalled out near the Panthers goal line. Rogers exploded up the middle on the first play of the next possession for an 81-yard touchdown scamper. After the failed conversion it was 12-0 Gladiators.
"(Rogers) is a four-year starter and we expect big thing from him. He's our leader out there on the field," coach Robert Robinson said. "We put the ball in his hands for a reason. He makes plays."
The Panthers (0-5) fumbled the snap when they got the ball back, giving Gavit possession at the Rooselvelt 22 yard line.
Rogers did it again after a penalty, this time through the air. The senior quarterback hit Dante Adams for a 30-yard touchdown and added the conversion run for good measure. It was 20-0 at the break.
Dante Adams got in on the fun after the half, scoring on runs of nine and three yards in the third quarter. Rogers added his final score from nine yards out with 3:42 left on the clock.
Rogers even snatched an interception.
"The goal is always to get as much points as possible," Rogers said. "That's just what happens when our team comes out and plays as a team, our defense stays solid and we just do what we have to do."
Roosevelt showed its inexperience, turning the ball over five times and recovering its own fumbles three other times.
"We're trying to build something here," coach Ronald White said. "We're playing with a lot of kids who have never played football before."