Rams unable to solve Lightning
Lacombe Rams slotback Matt Darrnell loses his hold on the ball as he’s hauled down from behind by the Hunting Hills Lightning’s Nathan Fuerbringer during high school football action at MEGlobal Athletic Park last Thursday. The Rams fell 48-21 to the Lightning. (Ashli Barrett/Lacombe Globe)
The Lacombe Rams fell a little short in their quest for vengeance against the only team to hand them a loss this season.
Looking to earn a victory after their 28-3 loss to the Hunting Hills Lightning in September, the Rams were struck down by a score of 48-21 on Thursday by the same team at MEGlobal Athletic Park.
Rams Head Coach Jason Petrie said it was just his team’s start that put them behind.
“We had a slow start. We had doubts. There were kids that had doubt at the beginning of the game, but as the game wore on we started to outphysical them quite a bit,” he said.
“We did exactly what we wanted in the second half. We came out and dominated the field and that’s what we wanted to do.”
At the half, the Lightning led 28-7, with the Rams loan touchdown coming from quarterback Johnny Ericson late in the second.
In the third quarter Brandon Rees of the Lightning scored his second touchdown of the game, before the Rams’ Mitch Simmons through to Zach Schwab to make it 35-13.
Rees then found Josh Patterson in the endzone with just 49 seconds left in the quarter to go put the Lightning up 42-13.
While there was fewer dropped passes and missed plays in the latter half of the game,
a 27-yard Richard Jans touchdown in the fourth wasn’t enough for the Rams to overcome the deficit.
Still, Petrie thought his team did well, pointing out their power running game picked up in the second half, as well as the defence in the third before they began to run out of gas.
The Lightning, however, haven’t seen the last of the Rams and Petrie believes his team can topple the first-ranked team in the zone, and second-ranked team in the province when it matters most.
“I’m looking forward to playing them. I think there’s doubt in their minds,” he said.
“We can dominate them. We didn’t dominate them on the scoreboard but we dominated them on the field. They should be very worried about having to face us in playoffs.”
The Lacombe Rams final game of the regular season will be Friday, Oct. 20 at MEGlobal Athletic Park where they will host the Lindsay Thurber Raiders. Kick-off is at 7:30 p.m.
The following week, on Oct. 27, the team will head into the first round of playoffs.