Intense second half keeps fans on edge of their seats

Fans support Rams after losing by one

By Erika Walker
On October 17, 2014

Photo by Summer Almaguer: Before landing a first down, Dakarai Pecikonis, wide reciever, gets launched into the air by a Texas A&M Commerce defender.

After a hard fight and incredibly close game, the Rams fell short for their homecoming game with a score of 41-40 against the Texas A&MCommerce Lions Oct. 11 at LeGrand Stadium at 1st Community Credit Union Field.

“Everyone in the stadium was on their feet the entire second half. It was so close, and our boys did amazing,” Brittany Milkowski, senior, said. “The loss really hit the team hard. I’ve experienced the silence of losing by one for a homecoming game before, and it was nothing like this loss. They played an amazing game and I know Angelo State and all of its supporters were more than proud of our boys.”

The Rams built a strong lead with a score of 30-17 at halftime, but the Lions came out after halftime and scored on their opening drive. With a score of 30-24, the Rams fought an ongoing battle from that point on.

“It got very intense during the second half because the other team started to catch up at this point, and it is nerve racking when the opponent gain on your team like that,” Chastity Aguilar, sophomore, said. “The team did a great job though.”

The Rams were outgained 529-491 and outscored in the second half 24- 10.

“Losing is always tough, especially when it is a close game,” Allen Walker, graduate-student assistant coach, said. “However, a key note to make is the level of intensity at which we played throughout the game.”

Walker said that the Rams need to not only practice and play hard, but be able to keep the same level of intensity and determination for the game next week.

“I was proud of our kids for playing four quarters of football, but unfortunately this week we came up short of earning the win,” Will Wagner, head coach, said in the official ASU game recap. “I think this is something that we can build on and I know that our leadership will step up and we’ll have a strong week of practice and be ready to play against Kingsville.”

The Rams will face Texas A&M-Kingsville Saturday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. in Kingsville, Texas.

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