Chris Rosati wore out linemen yesterday. His own linemen!
Rosati's tackle-breaking, field-reversing, lineman-exhausting runs make for winded defenders . . . and blockers.
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"He makes me tired running around all over the place," said Rosati's teammate, Ethan Wiederkehr, a Division I prospect who down blocks for him.
The only thing more tiring than blocking for him, is chasing after him. Few caught up Saturday as Rosati rushed for 246 yards and four touchdowns while leading Shoreham-Wading River to a 37-14 win over Babylon in Suffolk IV.
"Having the mentality that I want to score on every play," Rosati said, "pushes me to make those runs."
The runs he's referring to are the ones where he rushed towards one sideline, ran back across the field, and scored near the opposite sideline. He did that twice Saturday.
His first touchdown of the day was probably the least exhausting for him and his blockers. And that came just 14 seconds into the game.
On the first play from scrimmage, Rosati ran a sweep to the right, found a cut-back lane, broke a tackle and ran 80 yards for the touchdown.
"I had some great blocking," he said, "there was a huge hole, and I was gone."
He was gone again later in the first quarter. Rosati broke a series of tackles while running towards the sideline, cut back, and weaved his way to the end zone for a 28-yard touchdown that opened a 14-7 lead.
After his linemen got a breather at halftime, Rosati took a sweep left, broke three tackles, reversed field and left linemen in his wake as he scored a 48-yard touchdown to make it 23-7 with 7:13 left in the third.
Talk about taking the long way to the end zone.
"I always know that he knows what he's doing at all time on those runs," offensive lineman Dalten Stalzer said of Rosati, who added a 16-yard touchdown run. "He's so explosive and quick, he makes the line look good."
SWR quarterback Jason Curran rushed for 63 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown. Daniel Mahoney's 41-yard field goal with 3:42 left in the half sent the Wildcats (3-0) into the break with a 17-7 advantage.
After Rosati's first touchdown, Max Kresek returned the kickoff 62 yards to the 3-yard line, setting up a touchdown run by Scott Sasso as Babylon (1-2) evened the score at 7 just 1:19 in. Late in the game, Sasso also connected with Brian Boehm for a 26-yard touchdown.
But that was all a dominant Wildcat defense would allow. Wiederkehr made 11 tackles, Will Loper had eight, and Stalzer added five. Kevin Cutinella's interception ended a Babylon drive just before the half.
That brought Rosati back onto the field, along with his teammates, who were relieved to be his blockers and not his chasers.
"Chasing him around," Wiederkehr said, "would just be even more exhausting and tiring."