By Seamus Geoghegan
Rams football has had a strong start to their season with two decisive wins over Sierra College and Sacramento City, leaving hope for a squad who has gone since 2015 without silverware.
The team is looking to change that this season with new additions such as defensive back coach Brandon Younger who has impressed fans so far this season after great defensive showings on the field.
“Our biggest focus going into the Sacramento game was to not overlook them,” Younger said. “Our schematic approach changes because different teams do different things, but overall we have a practice formula that Coach Collins creates and we stick to it.”
Scoring versus Sacramento started early for the Rams with a field goal by kicker Nick Hill three minutes into the game. The drive started after a 41-yard pass by quarterback Jack Newman found wide receiver Ezra Grace 10 yards from the goal line.
Running back Devan Walker was the first to be found in the endzone, followed by wide receiver Jefferey Weimer putting the Rams up 17-0 early in the second quarter.
Sacramento never felt like much of a threat to this strong City defense, who pushed the Pumas back to just 55 rushing yards throughout the game.
Captain and linebacker Sincere Jackson credited the team’s defensive success to the rigorous practice and effort the team has put in since day one of the season.
“We took Monday and Friday just as seriously as Saturday. Not a single day off, not a single day with lost focus,” Jackson said. “We can’t win the game on Monday through Friday but we can definitely lose the game on Monday through Friday if we’re not executing what we need to execute.”
The team has also had additional time during the elongated off season due to the pandemic to bond and
don’t point fingers at each other, we take it as a team.”
“I believe we have everything we need to accomplish great things,” Younger said. “Whether we get it done or not, we’ll have to wait and see.”
The final score between the San Francisco Rams and the Sacramento Panthers was 45-0.
The Rams’ next game will be against the American River Beavers at home Saturday Sept. 25 at 1 p.m.