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Varsity Football Finishes the Season Strong at York Tech

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Varsity Football Finishes the Season Strong at York Tech

Michael Zabkowski, Sports Editor

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On November 3, the Varsity Football team traveled to take on the York Tech Spartans for the last game of the season. Coming into this game, the Rams had a 3-7 record looking to finish the season with a strong performance and a win. The Rams took control early and did not let up and won 44-0, finishing the season with a 4-7 record.

“I thought the team played well. Personally, I wanted to send our seniors out the right way with a win for their last game since this would be their last time wearing a Rams jersey,” head coach Christopher Grube said in his comments about the game.

York Tech received the kickoff to start the game, and they would start the game with great field position due to the kickoff going out of bounds. The Spartans started their first drive with a few good rushes.

However, the Rams defense later forced York Tech to punt the ball. The Rams did not do much better than the Spartans and went three and out, later punting back to the Spartans.

A good punt pinned the Spartans back near their own endzone. The punt, paired with great defense, forced the Spartans to punt back to the Rams after a three and out.

With great field position to start the Rams’ next drive, a holding penalty brought back a potential Rams touchdown. However, on the very next play, the Rams scored a touchdown and took the lead 6-0 after missing the extra point.

A few minutes later, the Rams got the ball back and scored another touchdown, extending their lead to 14-0 after converting the two-point attempt with four minutes to go in the first quarter.

On the next Spartans’ drive, the Rams forced a punt.

Then, in the opening minutes of the second quarter, the Rams score a touchdown and took their lead to 20-0.

About halfway through the second quarter, with the Rams on offense, a huge penalty moved the Rams back nearly 30 yards from the original line of scrimmage.

“We had an illegal block by Garrett Lowe, and then Alexander [A.J.] Sharp had an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty,” Grube commented on the big penalty.

The big penalty took back a rushing touchdown, but two plays later, junior wide receiver/running back Sharp ran into the endzone for the Rams fourth touchdown of the game.

After another successful two-point conversion, the Rams led 28-0 with a little under six minutes left in the first half.

The Rams forced another York Tech punt but fumbled on the first play after the punt, and the Spartans recovered.

Then, a pass interference penalty kept the York Tech drive alive when it looked like the Rams had stopped York Tech on a 

fourth down.

However, faced with another fourth down on the same drive, the Spartans failed to get a first down, resulting in a turnover on downs.

With about a minute left in the first half, Sharp ran for another touchdown, and the Rams extended their lead 35-0 before 

halftime.

Leading by a big margin, the Rams started the second half with the football. However, the Rams went t

hree and out, punting back to the Spartans.

Another good punt pinned the Spartans deep near their own endzone. The Rams’ defense was able to execute and forced a safety, leading 37-0 with a little over six minutes to go in the third quarter.

Following the safety, the Rams were unable to score again and punted back to the Spartans. On the next York Tech drive, the Rams’ defense forced a fumble and recovered.

 

Then, with about three minutes to go in the third quarter, the Rams scored again and led 44-0.

The Rams had the ball again with about eight minutes left in the fourth quarter, but that drive ended with a turnover on downs.

However, the Rams’ defense did not let York Tech score and got the ball back to their offense before the end of the game.

While the Rams did not score, they did run out the rest of the clock and secured the victory, 44-0.

Furthermore, Sharp led the rushing attack with 107 yards on just four rushes and two touchdowns. Junior running back Wyatt McCleary added 105 yards rushing on six attempts with one touchdown, as well. 

“We knew going into the game we would rely on the run game and throw the ball when we felt we needed to,” Grube said in regards to the rushing game.

In addition, senior quarterback Noah Hulslander completed two out of three passes for 58 yards. Hulslander also threw for a touchdown.

The Rams finished the season with a strong win, and finish the season with a 4-7 record.

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