ROMULUS, MI - Inkster had to fight off a game effort by the Chelsea Bulldogs and star running back Nick Hill, but in the end, the Vikings depth and poise were too much for Chelsea to overcome.
The Vikings led at the half 16-0 behind some dazzling runs by Inkster quarterback Devin Gardner, who rushed for 155 yards and two touchdowns. But Chelsea's Nick Hill returned the second half kickoff 80-yards for a touchdown to get the Bulldogs on the board.
Chelsea went for the two-point conversion but Hill, who finished the day with 177 yards rushing, was tackled short of the end zone giving Inkster a 16-6 advantage.
Both teams struggled to get anything going in the windy, cold, icy rain that had both teams fighting to stay warm by any means they could find.
But with less than a minute left in the contest, Chelsea quarterback Michael Roberts scrambled in from 15-yards out to cut Inkster's lead to 16-13 as he added the conversion.
Roberts could be a FBS prospect as a kicker, as he has a long 50-yard field goal to his credit, is perfect on extra points and is a solid punter.
Adding to his resume, Roberts successfully booted an onsides kick recovered by Chelsea. With less than three minutes remaining Chelsea drove to the Inkster 36-yard line, but rather than having Roberts attempt a game tying 53-yard field goal, Chelsea head coach Brad Bush elected to go for it on fourth down. Roberts pass intended for Hill was then overthrown and Inkster ran out the clock.
Afterwards, Inkster Devin Gardner expressed his admiration for Hill in the loss. "He played hard the whole game, I could see a couple of times were he was moving and his legs weren't even on the ground," said Gardner. "He's a good player and he played as hard as he could."
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