With a 3-1 start, the Stockbridge football team is off to its best start in six years after a 61-14 thrashing of Detroit Lincoln-King Academy.
The Panthers were firing on all cylinders from the opening kickoff as they put up an amazing 40 points in the first quarter alone for a 40-6 lead after one quarter.
Jalen Rogozinksi connected with Joey Ballagh with a 30-yard TD pass to open the floodgates and the Panthers never looked back.
Rogozinksi would toss another TD pass of 46 yards to Drew Robinson in the first and Robinson would score on a two-yard run later in the quarter.
Zach Rogozinski had a huge night on the ground with three first-quarter TD runs of four, seven, and one yard. He would finish with 127 yards rushing and four scores for the night.
Lincoln-King scored on the last play of the first quarter to make it 40-6, but Robinson returned the ensuing kick-off 73 yards for a score to start the second quarter and make it 47-6.
The defense got in on the scoring in the third when Gary Killinger returned a fumble 30 yards to make it 54-6.
Rogozinski wrapped up the scoring with a 32-yard TD run in the fourth.
The Panthers only outgained Lincoln-Academy 323-260, but the Panthers had a short field all night with several successful onside kicks and the help of five LKA turnovers.
Rogozinksi was 6-8 passing for 175 yards and two scores. Robinson caught two passes for 66 yards, Joey Ballagh one for 36, and Z. Rogozinski one for nine.
Killinger was in on six tackles, including a sack and recovered two fumbles.
Travis Sayler picked off a pair of passes and Brock Rochow had one INT. Damien Hayes was in on five tackles and Nick Pilch eight for the Panthers.
Olivet 44 Stockbridge 8
The Panthers could not overcome a fast start by Olivet as they dropped their first game of the season 44-8 to the Eagles.
Olivet jumped out to a commanding 36-0 halftime lead and cruised past the Panthers.
J. Rogozinski hit Robinson with a 31-yard scoring pass and a two-point conversion run by Zach Fletcher were the only points the Panthers could muster on the night.
Rogozinski passed for 66 yards and a TD. Robinson rushed for 58 yards and caught four passes for 58 yards and a score for Stockbridge.
Killinger was in on 10 tackles to lead the defense. Z. Rogozinksi was in on seven tackles, Rochow six tackles, and Foster Pybus five tackles.
Stockbridge 14 Ypsilanti 13
The Panthers took advantage of the onside kick once again as they took an early lead and held off Ypsilanti 14-13.
J. Rogozinski connected with Robinson for a pair of first-half touchdowns to give the Panthers a 12-0 lead.
Fletcher then made a sack in the endzone for a safety to push the lead to 14-0 for Stockbridge, but the Grizzlies would rally in the second half.
Ypsilanti scored a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter to cut the lead to 14-13 to set up a nerve-racking final quarter.
The Panthers defense would hold them off, including one last time in the final two minutes. Ypsilanti got the ball back and drove inside the Panthers 30, but the clock ran out and the Panthers held on for the exciting win.
J. Rogozinski passed for 91 yards and two scores.
Robinson rushed for 42 yards and caught four passes for 79 yards and two scores.
Killinger led the defense with nine tackles, while Z. Rogozinski had seven, and Dominic Hoeppner six. Killinger, Fletcher, and Rochow each had an interception for the defense.
Stockbridge 38 Springport 6
Stockbridge opened its season with an impressive 38-6 win over Springport.
Hayes got things going with a 63-yard interception return for a score in the first quarter for a 7-0 lead and it was all Panthers from there.
J. Rogozinski ran one in from two yards out to make it 13-0 early in the second.
Robinson caught a pair of TD passes of 35-yards and 40-yards and J. Rogozinski hit Hayes for a three-yard score as the Panthers took a commanding 31-0 halftime lead.
J. Rogozinski hit Fletcher with an 11-yard scoring pass in the third to make it 38-0 before the Spartans would score in the fourth.
Z. Rogozinski rushed for 61 yards and Robinson 47 to lead the ground game. J. Rogozinski was 11-17 passing for 159 yards and four scores and a TD run. Robinson caught six passes for 107 yards and two TD’s. Fletcher caught two for 28 yards and a score, and Hayes two for 15 and a TD.
Killinger and Z. Rogozinski led the defense with eight tackles each.
The Panthers picked off four passes on the night with Robinson, Hayes, Rochow, and Ballagh grabbing one each.