Rams eclipse the WOU Wolves

ASU wins the first game of the season

By Jeremiah Devereaux
On September 13, 2019

Photo by Ian Saint: Lloyd Howard III rushes around the right side of his offensive line, seeing nothing but end zone. In his previous season, Howard rushed for over 470 yards.

The ASU Rams on Sept. 5 faced off against Western Oregon University Wolves at LeGrand Stadium and came away with a win.

ASU started their season opener off strong. The scoring began when kicker Connor Flanigan took the Rams to a 3-0 lead with a field goal. The Wolves scored afterward, which brought the score to 3-7. The Rams answered back when junior Larry Johnson scored with a 23-yard reception and took back the lead for ASU.

Duran Miller, junior, made the first sack of the game and the first quarter ended 10-7 for the Rams.

Entering the second quarter, senior Lawson Ayo scored on a 5-yard pass from quarterback Payne Sullins, followed by an extra point from Flanigan. This gave the Rams a 17-7 lead. Ayo would then gain some yardage after a pass from Sullins. After the pass, senior Lloyd Howard III ran for another ASU touchdown, which brought the score to 24-7 following the extra point by Flanigan.

After the first half, the halftime show included a Kick for Cash contest and a performance from the ASU Ram Band and the cheerleading team.

Sophomore Jared Defelice started the second half with a kick to WOU. After the Wolves’ possession, the Rams took control with sophomore Tony Jones scoring another ASU touchdown.

“I was just focused and wanted to score, so I did,” Jones said.

Flanigan made the extra point and brought the score to 31-7.

Darrick Dickerson Jr., sophomore, made the second sack of the game. WOU then lost possession of the ball with a fumble, which was recovered by junior Michael Archer. The third quarter would end with the Rams leading the Wolves 38-7.

In the beginning of the fourth quarter, Sullins threw a 13-yard pass to Ayo for the Rams’ final touchdown of the night. The Wolves scored shortly after and brought the score to 45-13, but ASU blocked the extra point attempt. WOU would score once more before the end of the quarter.

In the end, the Rams held their lead to finish the game 45-20.

ASU’s next game will be at home against Simon Fraser University of British Columbia, Canada, on Sept. 14.

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