ROSIER FOOTBALL LEAGUE
2001 RFL "
MEAN GEAN'S REPEAT AS RFL "
FRANCHISE WITH 42-21 VICTORY
BEECH ISLAND, SC - With their franchise's back firmly against the wall, injuries battered the beleaguered Maulers of the Rosier Football League, who simply ran out of gas in the second half, as the defending champion Mean Gean's captured their second consecutive RFL "Turkey Bowl" championship with a 42-21 victory on Thanksgiving Day.
For the second straight year the M.G. win would materialize in stirring, come-from-behind fashion, as the Mean Geans would rally from a 21-0 second quarter Mauler offensive barrage to salvage yet another title victory. In the 2000 RFL "Turkey Bowl", the Mean Geans were at the brink of defeat, trailing the Maulers 35-28, before storming back for the win.
The Mean Gean franchise now improves to 4-0 all
"Turkey Bowl" championship games, while the Maulers fall to 0-4 all
Second year M.G. quarterback/defensive back Rob McFadden, and star M.G.
Wide receiver/safety Mark Rosier combined for three key interceptions in the second half as the Mean Gean defense blew a 21-21 ballgame wide open after half
Then, with the Maulers desperately trying to generate some type of
offense, and Mauler back-up quarterback Mike Rosier mostly ineffective due to a jammed shoulder of his throwing arm which was incurred in the first half of play, Mark Rosier ended the affair's proceedings by returning his second interception of the game 80 yards for the winning score.
Offensively, Mark Rosier accounted for 200 receiving yards with touchdowns of 80 and 60 yards, while recovering one fumble and leading his team on defense with nine tackles. However, the Maulers did make things interesting for the entire first half.
Improvisation was the name of the game at the 2001 RFL "Turkey Bowl", as both teams scrambled to fill out their game rosters just before kick
off. All-RFL quarterback Jeff Davis, who captured 2001 "Turkey Bowl" MVP honors with 375 yards on 11-of-14 passing with four touchdowns all in the FIRST HALF, was forced into double duty as both squad's starting quarterback in the first two periods as M.G. star QB McFadden's helicopter broke down on the pad at the
M.G. starting tailback Becky Rosier, who scored the final touchdown in last year's RFL "Turkey Bowl", did not return this year due to some ugly contract negotiations with a rival league, while M.G. tight end/linebacker Diana Jones was injured in a car accident and was forced to sit out the contest
Meanwhile, the Maulers inked versatile free agent Sheila Sanders to an exclusive contract just before the start of the game to fill out their depleted roster.
yard pass play that placed the Mean Geans firmly in command at 14-0 at the end of the first quarter. It was then that the Mean Geans hit an offensive lull, as McFadden finally arrived on the scene complete with his normal entourage of female admirers, sending Davis back to his normal spot as Mauler quarterback. McFadden was visibly cold, having had no
But the Maulers were just warming up, while the Mean Gean offensive unit continued to sputter with incomplete passes and dropped balls. Meanwhile,
But after a productive 25-yard run by Judy Rosier,
But by that
MG - Jeff Davis pass (80 yards) to Mark Rosier
M - Mike Rosier pass (10 yards) to
MG - Judy Rosier run (10 yards)
MG - Rob McFadden interception return (75 yards)
MG - Judy Rosier run (20 yards)
MG - Mark Rosier interception return (80 yards)
MEAN GEANS - 42
MAULERS - 21