Rams keep the lead throughout game against Mustangs

By Erika Walker
On November 14, 2014

Contributed Photo by Danny Meyer: Chris Omigie, wide receiver, runs the ball during the game against Midwestern State Mustangs on Nov. 8.

Contributed Photo by Danny Meyer: Talon Smith, wide receiver, looks over his
shoulder as he tries to elude defenders at the
game against Midwestern State.

The Rams triumphed over the Midwestern State Mustangs on Nov. 8 with a 41-36 victory in the first round of the Lone Star Conference Playoffs at LeGrand Stadium at 1st Community Credit Union Field.

The Rams stepped up their game and used big offensive plays that earned them some key stops by the defense in the fourth quarter.

Even though the Mustangs out-gained ASU 444- 491, they committed two turnovers that benefitted ASU in the long run.

“I’m definitely proud,” Will Wagner, head football coach, said. “Last week we had to come back from behind to win the game, this week we had to hold on and it just shows the character and fortitude of our team.”

Kyle Washington, quarterback, threw 268 yards and four touchdowns on 14 of 28 passes all while rushing for 184 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged 15.3 yards per rush.

“Emotions are high for sure,” Washington said. “To have a program come from a drop of a constant five or six seasons, to finally break through and contend for a championship fits well for our program.”

Wide receivers Brett Rasberry, Chris Omigie, Talon Smith and Dakarai Pecikonis all had touchdown passes, while Omigie led the receivers with three receptions for 105 total yards.

“We always talk about making and creating opportunities,” Wagner said. “You don’t know when they’re going to come, and we always talk about how there’s going to be five or six plays in the game that are going to make a difference. You have to take advantage of that.”

Midwestern State had cut the Rams lead to 41-36 with about three and a half minutes left in the fourth after a lengthy battle.

They tried an onside kick but the Rams were able to recover it.

However, the Rams were unable to get a first down and secure the win because Midwestern State took over on its own 17-yard line with two minutes to go in the game.

The Rams responded with a quick scoring fourplay drive ending the game on a good note.

The Rams will face the Texas A&M-Commerce Lions once again in the second round of the playoffs on Nov. 15 at 4 p.m.

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