Oge, Rams run over Colonel Richardson
— 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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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).
Colonel Richardson’s Tyler Stanton begins a running play in the second quarter Friday evening against Parkside.