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Rams and Crushers go head to head in an epic rivalry battle

Written by: on Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

It was hard fought penalty filled night for both the Richland Rams (1-4) and the Bishop McCort Crushers (3-2) at Herlinger Field. The Crushers came away with a tough win 16-14 on a night that saw both teams commit a lot of mistakes along the way.

After the first drive for each team stalled in the first quarter the Crushers would finally jump onto the board first after a seven play 37 yard drive would be capped off by a 6-yard pass by Junior Quarterback Jesse Cooper to Junior Wide Receiver Christian Leech in the back of the end zone. This would give the Crushers 6-0 lead after a blocked extra point.

After that the Rams would answer right back after letting the first quarter expire. Junior Running Back John Rizzo would answer on a 17-yard touchdown run that would see the Rams take their only lead of the game 7-6 with 11:14 left in the first half.

The Crushers would capitalize after a big fumble recovery on a punt return by the Rams. The Crushers would set up shop on the Ram 22 yard line and they would pound the ball down to the one-yard line where Junior Running Back Justin Varga would punch it in to give them a 13-6 lead. Though the Crushers would try for two on the extra point attempt they would have to settle for a field goal after two straight illegal motion calls would go against them.

The Crushers would get one more shot at scoring though to go down field an score with time winding down in the half. They would kick a 26-yard field goal off of the toe of Sophomore Jordan Spangler to give them the lead 16-7 going into the half.

The second half would start slow for both teams as penalties hampered them both from getting anything started, but it was a personal foul call that would keep a scoring drive alive for the Rams late in the third quarter. Senior Quarterback Jordan Cinko would finish the drive with a run from seven yards out to edge the Rams closer 16-14.

The Crushers would have what appeared to be a stalled drive revived by a Rams personal foul, giving them the ball on the Rams 40 yard line. The Rams defense would hold tough though and not allow the Crushers to get on the board. The Crushers would attempt a 32-yard field goal that would go wide right and give the Rams the ball back.

The Rams would take the ball and drive down the field within Crusher territory but fail on a fourth and four conversion that would give the ball back to the Crusher around the 40 yard line in their own territory with 3:38 left. The Rams would hold strong though making the Crushers go three and out and they would have to punt the ball to the Rams with 2:45 left.

With no timeouts left the Rams would attempt to drive the ball down the field, but after crossing mid-field they could not hold it together. A false start penalty would set the Rams back to third and 16 where they would stall and go for it on fourth down where Junior Quarterback Zach Solarcyzk would throw the ball out of bounds to give the ball back to the Crushers with 1:05 left. The Crushers would kneel the ball and that would be the ball game.

The Rams will be away next week as they will take on the Somerset Eagles (0-5), who are still looking to pick up their first win after a crushing defeat by Greater Johnstown 46-7. The Bishop McCort Crushers will travel also next week to Westmont Hilltop (1-4). Westmont is coming off a loss at Bedford by a score of 12-0.

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