The Game of the Year on the Rozier Family Farm

Like many of you around the state, the annual backyard football game has as much importance as the title games in Columbia. Our good friend, Mike Rozier from the Orangeburg Times and Democrat shares this story (originally published last year) on the 4th annual Rozier Family Turkey Bowl.


2001 RFL "Turkey Bowl"





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 time, and 2-0 in RFL

"Turkey Bowl" championship games, while the Maulers fall to 0-4 all time and 0-2 in two RFL "Turkey Bowl" appearances. The Mauler franchise is to be officially disbanded and a new franchise to be set up in its place.


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 halftime. McFadden returned his first interception 75 yards for a touchdown to give the Mean Geans a 28-21 lead, while his second was also turned into seven M.G. points, and a 35-21 margin, when Mean Gean tailback Judy Rosier took a hand off into the end zone from 10 yards out to cap off a three play drive.


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 Tallahassee, FL Heloport.


Davis was absolutely magnificent on both sides of the ball, with four tackles and an interception on defense, in addition to his perfect 6-for-6 passing and two touchdowns for the Maulers in the second quarter. But when Davis never returned in the second half due to a broken rib, the Maulers chances at the victory went down with their star quarterback.


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.


With Davis at the helm, the Means Geans struck early and often. Davis connected with Mark Rosier, good for an 80 yard touchdown strike on the first play of the game for either team, leaving the stunned Maulers trailing 7-0 after just one play. The Maulers gathered themselves and briskly moved the ball 40 yards down the field in three plays before Mark Rosier recovered a fumble, giving the Mean Geans the ball back. And it didn't take long for the defending champion Mean Geans to strike again, as Davis hit Mark Rosier again, this time on a 60


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 time to warm up his arm before entering the game, and his first series garnered just one completion for five yards.


Davis however, had no such problems, and suddenly the Mauler offense shifted into high gear with Davis picking the Mean Gean secondary apart like a buzzard on day old road kill. Mauler tight end/fullback/linebacker Paulette Pittman showcased her soft hands on the drive with two receptions over the middle for 80 yards. And after two running plays which netted 10 yards, Mauler receiver/tailback/back-up quarterback Mike Rosier, hit Davis in the back of the end zone on a halfback pass that cut the M.G. lead to 14-7.


But the Maulers were just warming up, while the Mean Gean offensive unit continued to sputter with incomplete passes and dropped balls. Meanwhile, Davis found another receiver to play "catch" with, when he connected with receiver Mike Rosier on a 65 yard pass over the outstretched arms of Mark Rosier. The play capped a lightning quick Mauler drive of 80 yards in just two plays, and tied the game at 14-14. It was then that the Mean Gean defense got a break, as Mike Rosier fumbled the ball on a sweep inside the M.G. 10-yard line.


But after a productive 25-yard run by Judy Rosier, Davis proved his defensive worth by stepping in front of a Mark Rosier pass for a Mauler interception. And three plays later Davis hit Mike Rosier on a 10-yard touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone that gave the Maulers their only lead of the game at 21-14.


But by that time the emotional drain of an exciting 21-0 run began to take its toll on the Mauler players on the defensive side of the ball. The Mean Geans finally collected their offensive wits just in time to drive 80 yards in six plays, culminating in Judy Rosier's first touchdown of the game on a 10 yard sweeping run with a good block from McFadden. The score tied the game at 21-21 heading into halftime.






MG - Jeff Davis pass (80 yards) to Mark Rosier

MG - Davis pass (60 yards) to Mark Rosier

M - Mike Rosier pass (10 yards) to Davis

M - Davis pass (65 yards) to Mike Rosier

M - Davis pass (10 yards) to Mike Rosier

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)









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