Rams unleash their talent against Greyhounds

Team finishes third in Lone Star Conference

By Miguel Luna
On November 20, 2015

Ram football ended the season 7-4 by facing the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds for third place in the Lone Star Conference Playoffs on Nov. 14 at Blackwater Draw, New Mexico.

The Rams faced the Greyhounds three weeks prior and were blown out with a final score of 46-28. As both teams battled for third place, the Rams wanted to even the score and the Greyhounds wanted to keep their home streak alive against the Rams.

The Rams managed to secure the first touchdown with running back Ryan Byrd’s five yard run. After a turnover, and a nine-play 32-yard drive, quarterback Kyle Washington scored for the Rams. The Greyhounds responded with a touchdown. The first quarter ended with the Rams leading 21-7.

Second quarter began with the Rams scoring within the first five seconds. This set the tone of the quarter, where the Rams scored three more touchdowns. The Rams finished the first half at 49-7.

After a dominating first half, the Rams continued into the third quarter. They began with a 60-yard pass for a touchdown and were able to add another within the last minute of the quarter, ending at 63-7.

While the Greyhounds did score two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter, they fell short due to the Rams’ high lead and defensive shutdown throughout the game. The Rams won with a score of 63-20, earning them third place in the Lone Star Conference.

Statistic leaders for the game were Washington with 22 completed passes out of 39 attempted and 406 passing yards, running back Eddie Smith III with 73 rushing yards; wide receiver Anthony Pierson with 148 receiving yards; and linebacker Justin Jackson with 14 tackles. The Rams also set some season records which included most points, passing yards, yards in a single season and per game.

Wide receiver Donovan Thompson broke the university record for single season receiving yards by reaching 75 yards in this game and finished the season with 1,136 yards.

Washington was named LSC Offensive Player of the Week, Suddenlink Player of the Week and hit his first career receiving touchdown on a three yard pass from sophomore quarterback Jacob Burtch.

Graduating from the team are 15 seniors: quarterback Kyle Washington, wide receiver Brett Rasberry, wide receiver Talon Smith, running back Ryan Byrd, linebacker Dominique McCoy, defensive back Ryan Clappsaddle, defensive back Jamie Thomas, punter Sam Fowler, offensive lineman Jerel Walters, tight end Zane Hernandez, defensive end Matthew Gholston, defensive lineman John Siliqa, defensive end Jeremy Johnson and defensive linemen Clayton Callicut and Raymond Coen.

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