Joaquin Rams sink Deweyville Pirates

Caption: Joaquin quarterback Trenton Ramsey hands off to fullback Joseph Tarver as linemen Logan Harper (50), Jesus’ Bravo (60), Cesar Arcibar (10), Hunter Gates (5), PJ Salone (57) and Gunnar Nelson (6) clear a running lane. Tarver rushed for 70 yards on only 7 attempts as the Rams rolled up 353 yards on the ground in route to 42-0 pounding of the Deweyville Pirates.

By Stephen Ewing

DEWEYVILLE — It took the Joaquin Rams two-and-a-half hours to make the drive to Deweyville Friday night for their season opener against the Pirates.

It only took them 24 minutes to effectively end any speculation that the game might be somewhat competitive. Although the Rams only took a 14-0 lead into the halftime break, the Pirates never sniffed the end zone, and it seemed the only thing stopping the Ram offense was the Rams themselves.

Penalties played a role in killing a couple of Ram drives in the first half, and some growing pains on a retooled offensive line led to negative plays that stopped another one. The Rams used some halftime adjustments to get the “Big Blue Machine” out of first gear, and put up four second half touchdowns to impress the RAMNATION, who turned out in force, despite the long drive.

The Pirates received the opening kickoff and managed a first down before Joaquin junior safety Connor Bragg picked off the first Pirate pass attempt of the evening at the Ram 46. Two plays later, senior halfback Hunter Gates burst through a gaping hole and scampered 54 yards to put the Rams on top with 8:24 left in the first quarter.

Jesus’ Bravo booted the PAT to make the score 7-0.

After a couple of the aforementioned stalled drives, senior quarterback Trenton Ramsey tossed his first touchdown pass of the year, a 31 yarder to junior Connor Bragg. The PAT gave the Rams a 14-0 lead 10:08 to play in the first half.

The Rams came out much faster in the second half, moving 54 yards in seven plays, capped off by a 19 yard pass from Ramsey to Bragg. The point after extended the lead to 21-0, and the route was on.

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