Rams suffer loss in final game of season

Lions win 17-3

By Jeremiah Devereaux
On November 22, 2019

 Photo by Cora Bishoppetty: “We gave it our all. We put so much into this season to change the culture into an atmosphere that expects to compete and win. This season was a great first step and huge motivational fuel for us to be even better next year.”
-Keke Chism, junior

The ASU Rams football team on Nov. 16 faced defeat in their last home game of the season against Texas A&M University-Com­merce.

Nearly 3,000 fans were in attendance at LeGrand Stadium at 1st Community Credit Union Field as the Rams competed against the Lions for a chance to progress in the NCAA playoffs.

The clash began when ASU took possession of the ball. After a tough battle between the two teams, and with only nine minutes left in the first quarter, senior Connor Flanigan kicked a 42-yard field goal to give the Rams a 3-0 lead. With only 18 seconds until the end of the quarter, TAMUC scored a touchdown, taking a 7-3 lead over the Rams.

In the second quarter and third quarter, ASU and TAMUC were unable to put points on the board. Each team made efforts for yardage, but both defenses made it difficult to score, thus resulting in a punt stalemate.

At the start of the fourth quarter, junior Cristion Brown stopped TAMUC’s offense by causing a fumble then recovering it. This turnover gave ASU an advantage. Senior Payne Sullins and junior Keke Chism found some momentum during this drive with a couple of passes, but ASU was unable to finish the drive and had to punt.

When TAMUC took possession, ASU’s defense held them off for the majority of the drive until the Lions were able to kick a field goal that extended their lead to 10-7. With a little over two minutes left in the game, TAMUC scored one final touchdown, ending the game 17-3.

Despite the loss, freshman Nathaniel Omayebu III has high hopes for the team next year.

“I think our season was better than what we’ve been in the past,” Omayebu said. “We are one step closer to where we want to go. Next season, we will be even better if we work hard.”

Senior Lloyd Howard III sees the loss as an opportunity to grow as a team.

“We need to keep pushing, rebuild and go back to the drawing board,” Howard said. “Next season, we will do better because we have a great coaching staff, like Jeff Girsch, who had an awesome year at 8-3.”

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