Rams suffer 1-point Homecoming loss to Eastern New Mexico

Team pushes for a win against West Texas A&M

By Mariah Powell
On October 18, 2013

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The Rams, Saturday Oct. 12, lost the annual Homecoming game against Eastern New Mexico by one point.

The final score was 29-28, with the Rams scoring zero points in the second half of the game.

"We started off fast and were playing well, but we became a totally different team in the second half," Head Coach Will Wagner said. "We gave up 23 points and did not score at all, which was a huge disappointment for us."

Wagner said their penalties and defensive breakdowns cost them the game.

"We have been performing below average in the second halves of our games ,and we want to put an emphasis on that and correct our penalty problems," he said. "We can't be a great team and beat these top teams with that many penalties."

Senior offensive linemen Anthony Lewis said the Rams had the talent but grew too comfortable and lazy.

"We lost focus and we paid for it," he said. "We had more talent than the other team, and we thought we had the game in the bag, but they came back and proved us wrong."

Sophomore defensive end Clayton Callicutt said it seemed like everything was falling into place until the team started giving up points.

"It bothered me that we did not do well finishing our plays in the second half, and we can't do that for the rest of the year," he said. "If we are going to be a good defense team in this conference, or a good team in general, we cannot give up points to any given team."

Callicutt said his goal is for the team to earn back titles.

"We have to bounce back and we can finish this year with a 7-4 record," he said. "It's time to show that we are the same defensive that earned No. 1 defense in the conference last year and hopefully make a playoff run."

The Rams will take on West Texas A&M University Saturday, Oct. 19, in Canyon.

"We have to play four quarters of football this next game and if we can pressure these guys and make them do things they are not comfortable with we should have success on all cylinders," Callicutt said.

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