Rose Bud's 45-6 drubbing of Marshall Friday at Rambler Stadium left a bittersweet taste as star senior running back/linebacker Cole Robertson broke his arm, leaving the Ramblers without their best player and team leader for the remainder of the season.
In the first half, Robertson was in the process of using his patented stiff-arm to break a tackle when he was flung to the ground before taking a hit to the forearm just as he was trying to brace his fall, unfortunately breaking his left arm in two places.
“He was running the ball and stiff-armed a kid and as he was going down he put his hand down to catch his weight and it just broke,” said Rose Bud Coach Steve Rose. “He was falling over the other kid and they kinda wadded up as he got hit and it broke both bones.”
Rose Bud must press on without Robertson, who scored both of the Ramblers' touchdowns in their season opener while leading the team with 12 tackles. Last fall, Robertson, known as “Buzz” by his teammates, rushed for 1,091 yards on 162 attempts while earning all-conference honors.
“Obviously that is a huge hit that we are going to have to adjust to,” said Rose. “He is a team leader and he will remain in that capacity he is just not able to play right now. We just have to work our way around that but he has worked so hard. That is probably the hardest part for me and the other guys on the team.
“The effort he has put in during the off-season, bulking up and looking for opportunities to play college football. He has worked extra hard to get more weight on him and things like that. It was just a fluke accident and it will cut his season short,” added Rose.
Junior Caleb Ferren replaced Robertson at running back and ran for 192 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries, while junior quarterback Andrew Adcock completed 8-of-11 passes for 230 yards and four touchdowns.
All four of Adcock's touchdown passes went to senior receiver Tyler Weatherley, who finished the game with six receptions for 150 yards, including scoring grabs of 44, 33, 13 and 46 yards.
“Tyler Weatherley and Andrew Adcock played great and when [Robertson] got hurt we put Jake Cantey out at receiver and he had two catches for 78 yards. He stepped up and took some of the slack too,” said Rose.
Bruising senior running back Daniel Strain plowed into the end zone from 1-yard out as the Ramblers built a 46-0 lead before the Bobcats (0-2) scored their only touchdown.
Junior Wyatt Way replaced Robertson at linebacker and finished with a team-high eight tackles. “When our senior leader and linebacker goes down he stepped right in and made play after play after play,” emphasized Rose. “We were very happy with him. Even when he didn't make the tackle he was in good position. He graded out very well,” added Rose.
Page 2 of 2 - The Ramblers (1-1) travel to Conway Christian on Friday. “They are well-coached. They do things right. They have a kid at quarterback Chandler Ferrand that is a runner. He can throw it too but he runs the ball well. On film he is real quick and hits the hole hard,” said Rose.
“They have a big offensive line and go-to receiver, No. 11. They have a good team and we expect it to be a good battle. We have to execute and do the things we do best. Defensively we thought we played pretty well in the first week we just gave up too many short fields. Our defense was put up against the wall a lot and we thought they held on as long as they could against a real good team [Hazen] and then we thought they played lights out [against Marshall]. We expect them to keep progressing,” added Rose.