Ruffin rough on Deer Park’s Junior Rams
Never mind the offense and defense of the undefeated La Porte Junior Cowboys.
Their special teams is what carried them past the once-beaten Deer Park Junior Rams Saturday afternoon.
The Cowboys returned the second half’s opening kickoff for a long-distance touchdown, repeating the feat in the fourth quarter, powering the team to a 27-6 win at Clyde Abshier Stadium.
The Rams dropped to 5-2 for the season, while the Cowboys went to 7-0, clinching a TIFI postseason berth in the process.
Ashton Ruffin made it rough for the Rams to get their sixth victory of the season. The kid rushed for over 100 yards, including his longest gallop of the day, a third quarter 61-yard touchdown run. Direct snaps to Ruffin were La Porte’s most dangerous play.
On that play, he took the ball and simply used his quickness to get outside where he motored down the left side for the score. Like the Pasadena Bears, the Cowboys also have a kicker and they used that weapon for a two-point score and a 14-0 lead.
It was a huge score and a deflating moment for the Rams because the Cowboys had just been whistled for a 10-yard holding call.
So after a scoreless first half, the Cowboys scored 14 points in nothing flat.
The deficit grew to 20-0 when William Whitfield weaved in and out of traffic near the line of scrimmage and scooted 55 yards for the victory-clinching run. Again, the run came after another La Porte penalty.
Deer Park’s lone score came in the fourth on a 36-yard run by Alfred Flores. Setting up the touchdown were determined runs by Ean Terry and Angel Gonzalez.
Flores ended La Porte’s first possession of the day when he recovered a fumble. The Cowboys quarterback lost the ball when he stumbled after taking the snap from center, losing the ball.
The Rams responded with a clock-eating 12-play drive that took them from their 30-yard line to the Cowboys 33. But on a fourth and one play, quarterback Caiden Wells was sacked for a 10-yard loss.
The Rams were 2-for-2 in fourth-down plays on that drive. Wells pushed his offensive line forward for five yards to move the chains, ending the first quarter and then Wells hit Flores for a 17-yard pass play.
The Rams will attempt to return to the win column next Saturday when they continue their five-week homestand by entertaining the Barbers Hill Eagles at 12:30. The Cowboys will host the Clear Lake Falcons also at 12:30.