RAMS GET FIRST WIN
Written by: Billy Splain on Saturday, September 29th, 2012
When two teams who have not won a game by week four meet, one of those teams is going to have a great celebration afterwards. Penns Valley coach Marty Tobias said, “We talked to the team about getting some momentum, we’ve seen it in flashes but we haven’t seen the consistency we’ve needed.” The team apparently got the message. With a stifling first half defense and a record night by quarterback Cameron Tobias, who was 22-26 for 277 yards and a touchdown, the Penns Valley Rams made this homecoming evening a happy celebration with a 42-21 win.
The Bearcats started the night putting a scare into the homecoming crowd going 53 yards in four plays for the first score of the night. On the second play of the game running back Bhett Stetchock took a slant pass from Bearcat quarterback Josh Foster and ran it to the Rams eight for a 42 yard play. Foster then hit Devon Claar from three yards out for the score. The point after failed and the Bearcats were as close to winning as they would get after only one minute of football had been played.
The Rams took the lead for good on the second possession of the night. Tobias hooked up with Luke Weaver twice for catches of 25 and 31 yards, Sam Koser once for nine yards, then handed the ball to Dom Hook to finish the drive. Hook also had a great night, scoring three times on the ground. Andrew Deardorff kicked the point after and the Rams never looked back. “We got the execution we were looking for in the first half,” said coach Tobias. What they got was an execution style defense, led by Ram tackle Ken Grubb, who had three tackles for a loss in the first half and Liam Benfer who also kept the Bearcat offense behind their own line of scrimmage.
Following a Bearcat punt, the Rams moved the ball on the legs of Cole Confer with runs of 12 and 13 yards. Hook capped the drive and the Rams led 14-6. The Penns Valley defense stayed tough and gave their offense great field position once again. Starting at their 44, the Rams marched right back to the endzone, this time it was Confer who finished the drive on an eight yard run bringing the score to 21-6.
The last drive of the half for the Rams would define Tobias’ night. With their worst field position of the half, their own 23, the coach’s son went six of six spreading the ball around nicely to Weaver, who made a spectacular sideline catch, Koser and Taylor Collison (eight catches for 80 yards) for 81 yards following a penalty to start the drive. Koser ended the drive with a five yard touchdown reception and the Rams led at the half 28-6.
The Bearcats defense forced a fumble on the Rams third play of the third quarter, then capitalized on a six yard run by Foster. This was a third quarter that was marred by penalties, including one drive by the Rams that included 49 yards in penalties eventually ending with another Hook touchdown run. Backup running back Luke Bitsko added a cleanup crew scoring run to give Penns Valley a 42-13 lead. Bearcat backup quarterback Devon Claar closed the scoring on the night with a nifty 57 yard run.
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