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Colter helps Roosevelt beat East Rockaway

Roosevelt's Donte Colter (2) runs around East Rockasway's

Roosevelt's Donte Colter (2) runs around East Rockasway's Sean Bohan (3) on his way to a fourth quarter touch down. Roosevelt defeated East Rockaway High School 48-14 in the Conference IVsemifinal playoff football game at Hofstra University. (Nov. 13, 2010) Photo Credit: Kathy Kmonicek

It was as if the left sideline was electrified and Donte Colter didn't want to step on it for fear of receiving an unwanted jolt.

The Roosevelt running back streaked down the field late in the third quarter, but a couple of East Rockaway players seemed to have an angle. Rather, Colter seemed jet-propelled as he completed a 75-yard scoring jaunt that provided a 20-point lead.

Colter was the jolter as Roosevelt rolled to a 48-14 victory last night in a Nassau County Conference IV playoff game at Hofstra's Shuart Stadium. The Rough Riders (9-1) will face Seaford for the county championship on Saturday at Hofstra at 4 p.m. East Rockaway finished at 7-3.

"They kept trying to get me out of bounds but I said 'No, baby, I want this touchdown.' It was a good feeling," said Colter, who dazzled with 262 yards on 20 carries and four touchdowns - on runs of 18, 5, 75 and 58. "The line did a great job. I give myself some credit but I give most of the credit to my line. They opened holes and I just ran through them."

Sounds easy, but it was tough going in the first half, when Roosevelt managed only a 12-8 lead at halftime thanks to Taquan James' 70-yard kickoff return for a touchdown late in the first quarter.

The second half was a different story as Roosevelt scored 36 points and gained 250 of its 400 yards of total offense. "We made a couple of adjustments in our blocking," Roosevelt coach Joe Vito said. "Once we found something that worked, we got on a roll."

Colter has gained more than 1,600 yards this season, according to Vito, who said, gratefully, "He's putting us on his back and he never lets us down."

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