Richland Township vs. Bishop Carroll Preview
Written by: Raymond Peace on Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
Last season the Richland Rams had only their second winning season in a decade, posting a 9-3 record, the Rams best since going 7-4 in 2007. The Rams are looking to continue this success with team full of new face as the Rams will only be returning two offensive starters and three defensive.
John Rizzo, wrestling state champ at Heavyweight as a sophmore and leading rusher for the Rams last year, is ready to make waves in the Laurel Highlands Conference. As a sophomore on the gridiron Rizzo rushed for 634 yards on 123 touches and also team high 15 touchdowns on the ground. He feels though this season it’s going to take a team effort for even him to be at his best.
“I’m just trying to be the best play I can be, the best teammate I can be,” says Rizzo. “Doing that is going to make our team the best, which in turn will help me out too.”
With the loss of quarterback Giovanni Ramires, who passed for 2,074 yards and 20 touchdowns last season, there will be some big shoes for the younger players to fill. Along with Ramires the Rams also lost wide receiver’s Ryan Sylvia, Adam Ludwig and tight end Jordan Rozich, who combined for 1,702 yards receiving and 18 touchdowns, the Rams will be looking to reconstruct their aerial assault.
The Rams will be looking to continue their success into the 2010 season. The first game the Rams are looking towards in week one are the Huskies of Bishop Carroll (2-8, last season). Last season the Rams won 29-10 at home versus the Huskies.
The Rams beat the Huskies through the air, with Ramires passing for 246 yards and three touchdowns, while being held to 52 yards as a team on the ground. On the other side of the ball the Huskies Shawn Perich passed for 87 yards on four completions with one interception and also leading the team in rushing yards with 101 yards.
This year’s contest will see the Huskies return eight starters on both sides of the ball. Though the Rams are on returning two starters on offense and three on defense, many would be skeptical of this situation head coach Brandon Bailey isn’t shaken by his team’s experience.
“We’re continuing to work fundamentals, we’re working our spread offense,” Bailey says. “We’re happy where we’re at and we have to come out and execute what we do on Friday night, and that’s take advantage of opportunities that the defense presents.”
This year is a big year for the Rams while they try to capitalize off a big year and try to make it back to the playoffs. There will be many questions that the coaching staff will try to answer with the first game.
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