Rams close out regular season with win
Richard Jans skirts around his Lindsay Thurber Raiders counterpart, looking to gain more than just a few yards during high school football action Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 at MEGlobal Field. The Rams won 35-21. (Ashli Barrett/Lacombe Globe
After falling to the Hunting Hills Lightning last week, the Lacombe Rams bounced back to end the high school football league regular season on a high note.
The Rams defeated the Lindsay Thurber Raiders 35-21 Saturday at MEGlobal Athletic Park with a dominant second half.
Head Coach Jason Petrie said he saw a much better performance from the Rams than when they played the Lightning.
“What we did tonight is what we do well. We have an aerial attack game that’s very good,” he said. “We can throw a bit of a run attack into the mix to keep defence off balance and we play hard and hit hard.
“It was a good running game. I was happy.”
After a slow start which saw the opposing Raiders jump to an early lead, the Rams established their running game in the second, tying the game 14-14 at the half, where they took over.
Early in the third quarter, Rams receiver Richard Jans landed a touchdown to give the team its first lead of the game – 21-14 with the conversion. That was all it took for the Rams to open up their passing game.
Aside from Jans and Ericson, Zach Schwab, Evan Standish and Simon Gray all had solid performances. Schwab and Standish combined for more than 170 rushing yards Gray had the first two touchdowns of the game and received on a two-point conversion, while Standish and Schwab also landed touchdowns en route to the Rams victory.
While Petrie stresses the team has a lot to work on – including the slow starts that have plagued them all season – his team is happy with how they’re playing.
“Jon (Ericson) was just throwing the ball really well,” said Jans. “Our defence played really well, too. All of it came together this week and obviously we showed it on the scoreboard.”
Moving forward, there’s little doubt in Jans’ mind the team has what it takes to come out of their first playoff game victorious.
“We always start a little slow, but we’re a good enough team. We know we can beat any team in this league, so we’re confident,” he said.
“We’ll be ready for Dame. We’ll take the ‘W.’”
Their first playoff game will be held on Friday at MEGlobal Athletic Park. Kickoff is at 6 p.m.