Rome hurt by mistakes in opener

The Romans outgained the Bulldogs on the ground in yards, 278-169, and in total offense, 374-352, but struggled with penalties eight for 90 yards to the Bulldogs’ eight for 41 yards and turnovers as the Romans committed four turnovers and the hosts had none.

"We have to fix our mistakes," said Stapleton, who carried the ball 15 times in the second half alone and finished with an average of six yards per carry.

Jefari Davis tallied a total 11 tackles, as Kasiem Mitchel had 10, and Josh Ivey and Rashaud Redfield each had eight for the Bulldogs.

It doesn’t get any easier for the Black Knights as they play their second road game against a Class AA-1 opponent in the form of Cicero-North Syracuse next Friday night beginning at 6:30 p.m.

C-NS lost to Central Square on Friday night, 33-27.

RFA opens its home season on Friday, Sept. 16 against Central Square for a 7 o’clock start time at Tom Hoke Field.