Rosemont Middle School’s flag football team defeated Roosevelt 8-6 on Feb. 20, claiming a share of the district championship and making it the second straight title for the Spartans.
The only score for Rosemont came when quarterback Jake Schaffer connected with wingback Colin Jacobs from about 30 yards for the touchdown. On the ensuing two-point conversion it was Schaffer to Brian Erickson for a successful play, and that was the difference.
“That is quite the accomplishment for these young men,” said Head Coach Jim Mustain on his team’s 5-1 record. “From last year’s championship team we only had four kids return out of 40 that made it.”
Mustain said his flag football team is routinely comprised of kids year in and year out who are unfamiliar with the game, and when that’s contrasted with Rosemont’s basketball team, which features players who have been playing together for years, that makes it all the more impressive.
“So in terms of stepping up and replacing those who moved on to [Crescenta Valley High School], I would say that speaks volumes as to how much they learned and to the high level in which we played,” Mustain said.
The Spartans’ only loss came in the season opener, a 7-6 double overtime defeat.
Mustain credited his coaching staff of Steve Holmoe (defensive coordinator), Rich Malcolm (receivers), Alex Duplessis (quarterbacks), and Reid Merlo (offensive line and outside linebacker).
“Without them, this would have been impossible,” he said.