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Richland gets first win by dominating Bedford

Written by: on Saturday, September 18th, 2010

The Richland Rams (1-2) took to the road against the Bedford Bison’s (1-2). Needless to say it was the John Rizzo show for most of the game at Bedford.

The junior running back ended a stellar evening gaining 203 yards on the ground while carrying the ball 15 times and scoring three touchdowns. Meanwhile, Jordan Cinko saw a new role on the field as the team’s quarterback.

“I think John came out to have fun,” said Head Coach Brandon Bailey of Rizzo. “We went to him and told him we were going to pound the ball and he did and he did a great job.”

The Rams wasted no time out of the shoot to come up with a quick score on their first drive. The Rams saw success on the ground as they ended a three play drive with a 48 yard run by Running Back Rizzo, giving the Rams a 7-0 lead with 10:11 left in the first quarter.

The Bison’s would get the ball deep into Ram’s territory, but the Ram defense would hold the Bison offense to a third-and19 situation. Junior Quarterback Marcus Shippey would throw a 39-yard bomb that would be intercepted by Senior Cornerback Chris Speicher. The interception would pin the Rams at their own 1-yard line.

The Rams would not allow a safety. Senior Quarterback Cinko would take a run up the middle for a 17-yard gain. On the next play Rizzo would take the Rams down to the Bison 38-yard line with a 49-yard run. The three play drive would be capped off with another Cinko run for 38-yards to the endzone to make the game 14-0.

The Bison’s would answer this time. The Bison’s would put the drive on their QB Shippey’s arm. Shippey would end the 79-yard drive with a 10-yard run where he would dive into the endzone for a score. The Bison’s would add on a two point conversion where Shippey would complete a pass to Junior Tight End Bradley Swartz to make the score 14-8.

The Rams would not look back from there. With the defense shutting down the Bison’s the rest of the game.

“We thought we had a good game plan coming in,” said Bailey. “The kids believed in it and trusted it and they executed it perfectly.”

They would start the second quarter with Junior Tight End Zach Hanley finding the endzone. The Rams would also tack on a two-point conversion with a Cinko run, giving the Rams a 22-8 lead.

The Rams would wrap-up the first half off play by adding three more scores. The first would come from Rizzo on a 4-yard punch in, giving the Rams a 29-8 lead. Next, it would be Freshman Wide Receiver Kyle Flick catching a pass from Junior QB Andrew Mihalik, to put the Rams up big 36-8. Then it was Rizzo again who would put up another score late in the half to give the Rams a 43-8 lead.

The third quarter would see a running clock for the Rams and a touchdown called back for the Bison’s on a personal foul call.

The fourth quarter would see Junior Running Back Rizzo see a personal best milestone of rushing for 203 yards in a game. Also, little brother Freshman WR Mario Rizzo, who was lineup in the halfback position, ran for a 17-yard touchdown with 5:18 to give the Rams a 50-8 lead and that’s where the Rams would see it end.

“This was a must game win for us,” said Rams Coach Bailey. “Playing a team that was pretty good in Bedford we got a lot of breaks. We’re proud of the kids and we are going to move on to next week to Greater Johnstown.”

The Rams will move on to next week at Herlinger Field as they will take on the Greater Johnstown Trojans (3-0). The Trojans played on Thursday against the Westmont Hilltoppers (0-3) beating them 42-10. The Bison’s next contest will be against the Bishop McCort (1-2), they will travel to Point Stadium in downtown Johnstown. Bishop McCort picked up their first win this weekend with a 28-14 victory over Somerset.

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