Rams kick off the season with 21 point win

Washington continues to break records

By Erika Walker, Chris Cole
On September 11, 2015

Photos by Summer Almaguer
Dominque McCoy, senior, gets congratulated by teammate Kade Chantavong after he returned a blocked field goal 77 yards.

The Rams scored 29 points in the second quarter to pull away from the Oklahoma Panhandle State Aggies on Thursday, Sept. 3 and win its season opener and first of four home games by 52-31 at LeGrand Stadium at 1st Community Credit Union Field.

The Rams’ defense started the game by charging three punts and forcing a turnover on downs, in the first four possessions of the game.

Defensive back Fred Lawrence had the ball bounce over his shoulder but chased after it and recovered it at the Rams’ own seven yard line. He then proceeded to weave his way passed defenders for 93 yards, scoring a touchdown.

That play got the offense going and the Rams ended the first half up 13-0.

The Aggies came out fighting in the second half and came close to catching up with Rams. The score was 31-49 by the end of the third quarter.

OPSU scored 24 points in the third quarter and drove 75 yards in six plays.

Quarterback Kyle Washington threw for 291 yards on 22-of-32 passing and two touchdowns, while adding 89 yards on the ground and two rushing touchdowns.

He has a record of total offense and now has 8,246 yards in his career.

“It feels great knowing that our offense is able to do that type of thing, it’s amazing to see that happen,” Washington said. “I just have to give credit to my offensive line and my coaches.”

Washington and Lawrence were both given LSC Player of the Week Award. This is Washington’s fourth time to win this award and Lawrence’s first.

The Rams will have three away games before returning for a home game on Oct. 3. Lawrence said he is not worried about the team’s upcoming away games.

“I think it’s a good time for us to bond together and enjoy ourselves,” Washington said. “I think it might be more positive than negative.”

Head Coach William Wagner said the biggest teams make improvements from week one to week two and he is excited to see the progress they’ll be making in the weeks to come.

“I’m excited to get on the road and go and compete against Western State,” Wagner said. “They’re a great team; they almost beat a team in Northern Colorado last weekend so we know it’s going to be a big test for us.”

The Rams were happy to start off the season with a win, especially in front of their home crowd, Washington said, incoming freshmen and transfers aren’t slowing the team down one bit, instead they are great additions to the team.

The Rams will travel to Gunnison, Colo. to play against Western State Colorado University on Sept. 12.

The team is determined to win the national championship game this year, said Lawrence.

“We just have to keep working, every week we get better,” Lawrence said.

Anthony Pierson, freshman, stretches his hand across the end zone, to make the second touchdown of the game against Oklahoma Panhandle State on Thursday, Sept. 3. Pierson is a wide reciever for the Rams.

Ball carrier, Eddie Smith, keeps his eye on the defense while gaining yards for the Rams.

Donavon Thompson, sophomore, exits the field after a touchdown.

Anthony Pierson, wide reciever, awaits the pass from quarterback Kyle Washington.

Senior Talon Smith blasts through his defenders. Talon was a recieving leader in the game.

Llana Dancel, junior, cheers on the Rams and pumps up the crowd from the sideline. This is Dancel’s third year on the cheer team.

 

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