Joaquin Rams defeat Tenaha Tigers, 38-0
The Joaquin Rams claimed a big win over cross-county rival Tenaha Tigers, 38 – 0, on Friday, Nov. 1.
Friday’s game was also Senior Night for the Rams and represented the team's last home game of the year. With the
Joaquin started the game against the Tigers strong, scoring two touchdowns before the first quarter ended.
About 2 minutes into the second quarter; Rams Gunner Nelson, No. 6, ran a 15-yard touchdown putting the Rams ahead, 20-0 over the Tigers. Rams kicker Jesus Bravo, No. 60, completed a fPAT after Nelson’s touchdown, giving the Rams 21 points.
With three minutes remaining in the second quarter quarterback Connor Bragg,, No. 8, ran for a 25-yard touchdown followed by completed field goal by Bravo.
Bravo completed a field goal with under a minute on the clock in the first half, Bravo kicked and cleared a 22-yard field goal, putting the Rams up with 31 points.
The last touchdown of the game was a completed pass from Chandler Pritchett; thrown 45-yards and caught by Connor Bragg for a touchdown.
Head Joaquin football coach said he was excited for the team and especially his seniors.
“Having 10 seniors on the field — with all of their stats and consistencies over the years - helps out a lot and makes us stronger than ever,” Lawson said.
With the win the Rams secured a playoff berth but Lawson is hoping for a district title.
The Rams will travel to Harleton to play against the Wildcats in the final regular season game for both teams. Lawson said he is looking forward to the game because the winner will receive the Division 2A District title.
“We’ve already made it to the playoffs,” Lawson said. “But if we beat Harleton this Friday - it will be our first district title since 2012.”
The Rams sit atop Class 2A-1 Region III District 11 standings with a perfect 5-0 district record. Joaquin is 8-1 for the season.
Harleton has a 4-1 district mark and a 7-2 season win-loss record. Garrison sits in third place while Timpson and Linden-Kildare each have 2-3 district records and are tied for fourth place.
Each with 1-4 district records, Beckville and Tenaha round out the district standings.
Lawson said winning the district title would seal an outstanding career for Rams seniors.
We’ve been runner up several years in a row, so this is very important to our seniors,” he said. “It’s been the only thing on our minds.”
Kickoff for Friday's game in Harleton is set for 7:30 p.m.
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