Oge, Rams run over Colonel Richard­son

Times-Record - - Sports - By CHRIS KNAUSS ck­nauss@star­dem.com

— Park­side High’s Nayel Oge found plenty of run­ning room Fri­day night, enough to com­fort­ably cruise into the end zone through­out the evening.

Oge ran for 146 yards on 10 car­ries and scored three touch­downs to lead the Rams’ foot­ball team to a 42-0 shutout over Colonel Richard­son.

The Rams won their sec­ond straight game to im­prove to 3-1.

“I thought we played an ex­cel­lent game,” Rams head coach Bren­dan Ri­ley said. “I thought our guys did an out­stand­ing job play­ing team of­fense and team de­fense. Of­fen­sive line had a heck of a night. I think our tail­backs ran ef­fi­ciently. And we were able to put Colonel into some tough sit­u­a­tions when they were on of­fense. I think our de­fense did an out­stand­ing job.”

The Rams’ of­fense is av­er­ag­ing 39 points per game and their de­fense pitched their sec­ond shutout of the sea­son.

“Right now, of­fen­sively, I think we’re some­where around 40 points,” Ri­ley said. “We had a hic­cup Week 2 [a 49-38 loss to Eas­ton], but I think our de­fense has got­ten stronger each week.”

Colonel Richard­son’s de­fense played well early, hold­ing Park­side to seven points into the sec­ond quar­ter, but the Rams scored three touch­downs with un­der five min­utes re­main­ing in the half to take con­trol.

Oge ran for touch­downs of 37, 45, and 33 yards, the last putting the Rams up 28-0 at the half.

An­drew Carter scored on a 4-yard run with 3:23 left in the third quar­ter for a 35-0 lead to put the run­ning clock in mo­tion the rest of the game.

All but 16 yards by Park­side came on the ground. Quar­ter­back An­drew Smith con­nected with Juan FelixRameriz for the Rams’ only pass re­cep­tion, on a sec­on­dand-20, that led to their fifth touch­down.

Like their loss to Kent County the pre­vi­ous week, the Colonels suf­fered from penal­ties: a pair of hold­ing penal­ties de­railed their of­fense in the first half and an un­sports­man­like con­duct penalty helped set up the Rams’ sec­ond touch­down.

On the open­ing of­fen­sive se­ries, Park­side drove 65 yards on eight plays for a 6-0 lead with 7:44 left in the first quar­ter. On a gutty call by Ri­ley, the Rams gained a first down on a fourth-and-3 at their own 42-yard line when Oge ran off right tackle for a 4-yard gain. He capped the drive when he swept right, broke tack­les, and strolled down the side­line for his 37yard TD. Justin Ball added the ex­tra-point to make it 7-0. Ball kicked four suc­cess­ful PATs and Bren­dan Richard­son added two.

Colonel looked ready to re­spond when Jake Ze­bron hit Cloder­son Charles on a hook pat­tern in the mid­dle of the field and he found some room run­ning. But he fum­bled the ball at the end of the play and the Rams took pos­ses­sion at their 5-yard line.

Af­ter two failed pos­ses­sions by each team, Park­side scored with a 37-yard drive, set up by a 30-yard punt re­turn by Destin Richard­son. The Rams ran off-tackle left on four straight plays for the TD, capped by a 9-yard carry by Da­jour Church with 4:28 left in the half.

“The of­fen­sive line did great; they were push­ing hard and open­ing holes for the run­ning backs,” Church said. “We also made some good cuts and we scored off of them. We were run­ning hard. Re­gard­less if they hit us hard, we kept push­ing and kept pound­ing.”

Lead­ing the Rams’ of­fen­sive and de­fen­sive ef­fort on the line was Jose VazquezRamos. “We were play­ing self­less de­fense, play­ing as a team,” he said. “We’re one fam­ily man. We were over­pow­er­ing them a lit­tle bit. ... Forty points a game, two shutouts this year, that’s some­thing I haven’t had and this is my third year.”

Af­ter a Colonel punt, Oge took a pitch from Smith, swept left, found open spa­ces, and ran into the end zone un­touched for his 45-yard TD. Af­ter a Colonel fum­ble on a hand­off ex­change, re­cov­ered by Park­side’s Na­jeeb Awan, Oge bolted through the mid­dle for his 33-yard TD run.

“I think they [the Rams’ of­fen­sive line] were block­ing re­ally good, com­ing off the ball,” Oge said. “The holes where there; I had to make some cut­backs.”

In their open­ing pos­ses­sion of the third quar­ter, the Rams drove 45 yards on 10 plays to set the clock in mo­tion. Carter scored from four yards out to make it 340.

A 31-yard run by Carter set up the Rams’ fi­nal TD run from the 1-yard line.

The Rams host Queen Anne’s next Satur­day on Char­lie Berry Field at Wi­comico County Sta­dium.

The Colonels (1-3) will look to re­bound when they host Ar­ca­dia, Va. next Fri­day.

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PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Colonel Richard­son quar­ter­back Jake Ze­bron de­liv­ers a pass dur­ing the first quar­ter Fri­day evening against Park­side. Block­ing, at left, is Colonel line­man Doug Walls (73).

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Colonel Richard­son’s Tyler Stan­ton be­gins a run­ning play in the sec­ond quar­ter Fri­day evening against Park­side.

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