Junior Rams tighten grip on TIFI playoff berth with 13-0 victory
They waited five weeks to finally experience what it’s like to stand on the home sidelines of Clyde Abshier Stadium.
The wait was worth it because now the Deer Park Junior Rams are standing at the doorstep to a coveted TIFI postseason berth.
Angel Gonzalez rushed for 105 second-half yards and a touchdown in helping the once-beaten Rams celebrate their home opener with a 13-0 victory over the Pasadena Bears Saturday afternoon.
“He came in in the second half and turned it on. He got a lot of yards. He runs downhill. He’s a good runner,” Rams head coach Victor West said.
With the victory, the Rams improved their season record to a crisp 5-1 ledger, tightening their grip on a playoff berth.
The Bears drop to 2-4 and they’ve most likely fallen into a tie for the eighth and final postseason slot with four games remaining.
The Rams, with their 15 running plays in the second half that manufactured six first downs to none for the Bears, ate up the clock in methodical fashion.
“The line didn’t do as well as I wanted them to, but they got the job done. The defense was on the field a lot in the first half. The first half was hard. We had 11 offensive plays so it was kind of hard to get our plays in. But overall, the boys came back in the second half and they fought hard and they escaped with a win,” West said.
The Rams received the second-half kickoff and promptly marched 49 yards in seven plays for what proved to be the winning points.
An excellent effort by the O-line prevented the Bears from sacking quarterback Caiden Wells that could have seriously stalled a drive.
Dylan West scored from a yard out to deliver the points, but the drive was highlighted by Gonzalez’s longest second-half excursion, a 32-yard scamper into the red zone.
Then came a pair of six-yard runs by Gonzalez, setting the table for West’s touchdown. Wells added the PAT with a simple run up the middle.
Then the team opened the fourth quarter with a four-play, 33-yard scoring drive. It was all Gonzalez as he helped the team overcome a five-yard penalty in the possession to deliver the insurance points with a 15-yard run.
Next Saturday at 12:30, the Rams will host the red-hot La Porte Cowboys as they continue their much-welcome five-game homestand.