By Patrick Cochran/ Staff Writer
Playing against Foothill College, everything ran smoothly for the Rams. In their most lopsided victory of the season, the Rams looked near-perfect and won 61-7.
“We executed our game plan really well today,” head coach Jimmy Collins said after the game Oct. 17. “A week off to rest and plan really helped the team come out the way they did.”
The Rams dominated Foothill from the start.
On their first drive, the Rams scored on a 35-yard touchdown reception. Wide receiver Easop Winston caught the strike from quarterback Anthony Gordon.
After the defense forced Foothill to punt, the offense got the ball back and subsequently drove 78 yards. This time, the drive finished on the ground when running back Elijah Dale burst through the
Foothill defensive line for a 4-yard touchdown run.
With only eight seconds left in the first half, Winston caught a beautiful deep pass from Gordon to give the Rams a 37-0 lead going into the break.
Lining up on the right side of the field, Winston ran a deep post and burned past the Foothill secondary to find himself open in the middle of the field.
Gordon flung the ball toward Winston who still had no defenders near him. Winston easily caught the ball. All he had to do was turn around and run a couple of yards for the score.
“All of us came out real motivated for this game,” Winston said. “Everyone was focused and the coaches had a great game plan for this week.”
In the second half, the Rams benched their starters and put the backups in.
With a 37-0 lead there was no reason to keep the starters in and risk injury. The backups performed well, the offense looked sharp and the defense only allowed one touchdown in the second half.
“All of us came out real motivated for this game.”
— Easop Winston
The backup group that shined the brightest was the three running backs who scored touchdowns in the second half.
In the third quarter, Namane Modise scored on an exciting 23-yard rushing touchdown. Later
in the fourth quarter DeShundrius Tribble took it to the house on a 14-yard run, and for the Rams final touchdown of the afternoon Tyree Marzetta scored on a 10-yard rush.
“We are a very deep team,” Collins said. “We have some really good backups that have been itching for an opportunity to play and today they showed us, when they get the chance, they are more than capable of producing.”
It was probably the Rams’ best rushing performance of the season. The team had a total of 244 rushing yards and five touchdowns on the ground. Dale led the group, running for 80 yards on 14 attempts with two touchdowns.
The team’s passing attack was on point with 344 yards through the air. Gordon threw for 232 yards, completed an astounding 20 of 24 passes, and had two touchdowns.
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