TALLMADGE — Alan Vanderink returned to Tallmadge Friday night to go up against the team that he had coached the previous three seasons.

After a slow start by his new school, Kent Roosevelt, things picked up prior to the half and snowballed into the second 24 minutes as the improving Rough Riders defeated the Blue Devils 31-10 in a Suburban League American Division tilt.

Roosevelt junior quarterback Kristian Daetwyler rushed for 136 yards, scored a pair of touchdowns on the ground and threw for another as the Rough Riders outscored the hosts 24-0 after halftime to eclipse the 30-point plateau for the third time this season.

"The kids played; it’s always about the kids," said Vanderink. "They did better at the end of the first half and then in the second half.

"We made some adjustments, but the kids just played. We executed better and they played in the second half."

Additionally, Roosevelt climbed over the .500 mark at 4-3 overall and remained one game behind American Division co-leaders Aurora and Barberton with its third division victory in four outings. The Rough Riders entered the season with four total American Division wins in their first four years in the league. The four overall wins mark the most for the program since the team went 4-6 in 2015.

"Our goal is to win the league and be in the playoffs," said Vanderink. "We just had another league game and another. We have another big week next week (home against Revere)."

The spark that lit the Rough Riders’ dormant first-half offense came in the form of a 14-play, 58-yard drive that culminated in Daetwyler’s 15-yard scoring pass to Raheem Howard with 1:29 left in the first half.

Roosevelt then received the third-quarter kick and promptly marched 65 yards in six plays to take the lead for good following Daetwyler’s six-yard TD burst.

"He’s dangerous with the ball in his hands," said Vanderink of his signal-caller who threw for 100 yards, "and he made some plays with his feet. We have to continue to use his skill set."

Josh Montanari tacked on a 28-yard field goal later in the third quarter to make it 17-10.

Daetwyler added a short scoring run midway through the final stanza to ice the game, and Howard put the finishing touches on it with a 46-yard run three minutes later.

Making his first career start, Blue Devils’ freshman Ty Hurst completed 4 of 9 passes in the first half to help the hosts to a 10-0 lead midway through the second period.

Tallmadge junior Reece Parry booted a 20-yard field goal at the 11:51 mark of the quarter after a short 27-yard punt set the Blue Devils up at the Roosevelt 35.

On its next offensive series, Tallmadge set up shop at the plus-38 and needed only three plays to get into the end zone for the first time. On second-and-8 from the 25, Hurst rolled to his right and, after eluding a hand to his face mask, found Evan Teeling near the 15, and the 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior darted straight forward to the pay dirt to make it 10-0.

"I thought he played pretty well," said Tallmadge rookie coach Mike Hay of his young quarterback. "The TD pass, he made a great play, should have been sacked. He avoided it, didn’t panic and found Teeling in the flats."

The Blue Devils then successfully executed an onside kick that Brandon Heigelmann recovered. However, Tallmadge was unable to take advantage and turned the ball over back to the Rough Riders following a dropped pass on fourth down.

Despite 123 rushing yards by senior Jesse Kanatzar, Tallmadge (1-6,0-3 American) was unable to generate any offense thereafter. The Blue Devils reached the Roosevelt 26 and 20 in the final half, but an interception and a turnover on downs put the brakes on both threats.

"I thought we played well early," said Hay, "and then there were a couple of miscues that led to us kind of falling apart a little bit. They wanted it more the second half. We had two really good drives, long drives, that should have resulted in points. Bottom line: We have to play better. There were plays to be made and we didn’t make them."