Rochester’s Golden after Rams throttle Western Beaver
Written by: Josh Funk on Friday, September 19th, 2008
ROCHESTER, Pa. – Don’t look now, but the Rochester Rams are becoming more and more like that snowball rolling down the mountain at out-of-control speeds.
This week, the unlucky opponent was Western Beaver, who was fresh off an 18-0 shutout of Monaca.
Over 85 percent of Rochester’s 293 total yards of offense came on the ground, as the Rams (4-0) steamrolled Western Beaver (2-2) 41-7 in Rochester.
Did Rochester remember last year’s narrow 8-7 defeat at the hands of the Golden Beavers?
“I’m not a guy that remembers last year or a revenge guy,” Rochester head coach Gene Matsook said, “but our guys came out and we ran on all cylinders tonight.”
Rochester started off fast and didn’t slow down.
Just five plays into the game, Rams’ feature back Chad Pennington darted 42 yards for Rochester’s first score.
Trey Johnson then scooted in from four yards out to make it 14-0 Rochester on the Rams’ ensuing possession.
Then, set up by a Western Beaver 15-yard punt, Rochester’s Brandon Gray completed his only pass to Pennington from 21 yards out, and the Rams held a 21-0 lead.
“I’m very proud of our offensive and defensive lines,” Matsook said. “They were the difference tonight.”
Pennington scored his third touchdown of the night when he scored from seven yards out to push Rochester’s lead to 28-0. On the night, Pennington ran for 84 yards on eight carries in addition to the 21-yard scoring reception.
On Rochester’s third play of the second half, fullback Brandon Beightley (7 rushes, 81 yards) scored from 50 yards out, but the mercy rule was not invoked because Paul Everson missed the extra point.
“He (Beightley) is the heart and soul of our team,” Matsook said. “That (50 yard run) was a heck of a run.”
The Golden Beavers countered with their lone scoring drive of the game, a 14-play, 80-yard, 7:47 drive which was capped by a Sean Stiffey one yard run. Stiffey finished the game with 10 carries for 43 yards.
Western Beaver finished the game with 174 total yards, 137 of which were rushing yards. Zach Cavalier led the Golden Beavers in rushing yards (81) and attempts (11).
Western’s passing game was non-existent, completing only four passes for 37 yards with two interceptions. The longest completion for Western went for 15 yards.
Johnson capped the Rochester scoring with an eight yard run. Johnson finished with 20 yards and a pair of touchdowns on six carries.
Paul Everson added 21 yards rushing on six carries, and Brett Ward’s lone rush was a big one, covering 28 yards.
Gray, the Rochester quarterback, added 25 rush yards on just five carries.
So where are the Rams, from Matsook’s point of view, after rolling to a 4-0 start and having scored 131 points thus far?
“We’re still a work in progress. We haven’t arrived yet,” Matsook said. “We’re nowhere near where we want to be right now.”
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