Rams tackle West Texas A&M

Team breaks decade-long struggle, ranks No. 6 again in coaches’ conference

By Alana Edgin
On October 1, 2015

Ram football went to Canyon, Texas on Sept. 26 in hopes of continuing their power packed winning streak while hungering for a win against West Texas A&M at Kimbrough Stadium, whom the Rams have not beaten since 2005.

WTAMU scored the first touchdown of the game within three minutes, but quarterback Kyle Washington got the Rams on the board. Two more touchdowns were made, one by each team, to tie the first quarter at 14-14.

With this competition, and WTAMU under pressure since it was their homecoming, both teams came out fighting. The second quarter started well when defensive lineman Clayton Callicut sacked the WTAMU quarterback, and after two false start penalties the Rams got the ball back. WTAMU only scored three points in the second quarter while the Rams stole the lead before halftime with a score of 28-17.

The third quarter was a shut out between the teams; both defensive sides fully took over.

After a scoreless third quarter, the Rams’ offense jumped at the chance to take down WTAMU’s decade victory. Running back Trey Green rushed to the end zone to polish off a win, while Ram defense continued their shutdown of WTAMU from the third quarter. The final score was 35-17.

The statistic leaders of the game were: Washington with 34 completed passes, 376 passing yards and 124 rushing yards; running back Ryan Byrd tying with Washington with two touchdowns, while also having 81 yards on the ground; and linebacker Willie Brown with 12 tackles. The team had 607 total offensive yards, while WTAMU had only 302.

Callicut received LSC Defensive Player of the Week after this game. Washington also broke his school record with a total of 500 offensive yards and was voted Suddenlink Athlete of the Week, and Thompson set a career high with 12 receptions and 143 yards. The team was ranked number six in the coaches’ conference for the second week in a row.

This may very well be the year of the Ram after the Rams won the decade long battle with WTAMU and continue to strive their dominating prowess for the rest of the season.

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