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Eastwood grad Clay Rolf comes off bench to help Falcons (9-28-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by By JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor   
Saturday, 28 September 2013 22:18
It was at least a half-hour after the Bowling Green State University-Akron football game had ended Saturday, but Clay Rolf couldn’t stop smiling.
The Eastwood High School graduate is a redshirt junior for the Falcons, but has seen limited playing time in his carer.
A three-sport standout for the Eagles, Rolf was moved from tight end to tackle by the Falcon coaches to add depth at that position.
When starting left tackle Jacob Bennett went down with a leg injury early in the game, Rolf was called on to play his first real meaningful minutes in college.
‘‘It’s unfortunate when you get in the lineup because of an injury, but the offensive linemen, we’re all a group and it was next man up,’’ said Rolf, who is listed as 6-foot-6, 285 pounds.
The offensive line was a key in the second half as the Falcons rallied for a 31-14 victory over the Zips.
‘‘He played great; he didn’t really miss a beat,’’ BG quarterback Matt Johnson said. ‘‘Jacob went down, but Clay was able to step right in.’’
Rolf and the rest of the line helped put the game away as the Falcons went 80-yards in 13 plays taking 8:01 off the clock for their final touchdown.
‘‘We pride ourselves on the time of possession on long drives, sustaining drives, and scoring,’’ Rolf said. ‘‘To take that much time off the clock in the fourth quarter, and then end up scoring that was huge.
‘‘That’s a testament to the ‘Chief’ (center David Kekuewa) and the veterans on our offensive line.’’
Rolf said he was happy with the way he played, but knows he has to improve.
Dave Clawson, BG’s head coach, likes to see players rise to the occasion when challenged.
‘‘I have such an affinity for players like Justin Ford, and for players like Clay Rolf,’’ Clawson said. Ford stepped in for starter Gabe Martin in the Murray State game the previous week.
‘‘They are not like ‘BooBoo’ Gates. They did not come here and play as a true freshman, and things were easy,’’ Clawson continued. ‘‘We’ve switched Clay’s position. He just comes to practice everyday with a great attitude, and does whatever he can to help the football team.
‘‘I’m really proud of him. He got his shot to play. We came from behind, and scored 21 unanswered points with Clay Rolf playing tackle for us.’’
Clay’s grandfather, P
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