Raiders fail to steal win from Rams
Tristyn Foley of the Lacombe Composite High School Rams is hauled down by Kade Best of the Lindsay Thurber Raiders during high school football league action last Thursday night at MEGlobal Athletic Park. (Ashli Barrett/Lacombe Globe)
Richard Jans and Johnny Ericson were the late game heroes for the Lacombe Composite High School Rams during high school football league action against the Lindsay Thurber Raiders last Thursday night.
With just 19 seconds left to go in the final quarter, Ericson hit Jans with a seven-yard pass in the end zone to pull the team ahead for a 22-20 win.
“We hit some stuff we knew was there all game. We just weren’t hitting it. We hit a couple plays and got it in the end zone, thankfully,” said Rams Head Coach Jason Petrie.
Penalties, not to mention rain and even a bit of snow, got the best of both teams, with neither making too much headway offensively against their opponents.
At the half, it was the Raiders who led 13-9, but offsides plagued the team, pushing them further into their own end and giving the Rams a little more offensive opportunity.
With 5:59 left to go in the third quarter, it was Matt Darrnell who took advantage of that, running into the end zone to put the Rams up 16-13.
The lead was short lived, with Thurber scoring early and converting in the fourth to make it 20-16 Raiders. That score would remain until Jans sealed the deal with under 20 seconds left.
Although the Rams improved to 2-1 on the season, Petrie said the win felt a bit like a loss.
“Nothing was clicking. We weren’t clicking at all,” he said. “I thought we were firing last week a little better and the game before, even. I thought we played better even though we lost. It was a hard game to get into this week and I don’t know why.
“We’ll have to look at the film and figure it out.”
Elsewhere in league action, the Hunting Hills High School Lightning downed the Notre Dame Cougars 32-6 to become the only undefeated team in the league with a 3-0 record.
The Rams will play next Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. when they host Notre Dame at MEGlobal Athletic Park for their first home game of the season. They will then have a second bye the week of Oct. 6.