Mayde Creek annihilates Alvin in non-district finale

September 24, 2018

The Mayde Creek football team faced Alvin one week after undefeated Tompkins routed the Yellowjackets by nine touchdowns. While wins are wins, a dominant victory by the Rams had the potential to add a bit more confidence entering District 19-6A play.

The Rams closed the non-district schedule with a 73-7 thumping of Alvin, Sept. 22 at Legacy Stadium. They improved to 3-1 with their largest margin of victory in at least 15 years, the only barely comparable recent result a 41-0 victory against Cypress Springs in 2012.

On a three-game winning streak that includes a 44-31 win against Fort Bend Austin and a 68-50 triumph against Nimitz, the Rams carry some momentum into their 19-6A opener Sept. 28 at Rhodes Stadium against a Cinco Ranch team that has struggled.

“We just have to keep it going,” senior receiver Jalon Strong said. “Everything’s flowing. The first couple games we had a couple downfalls, but now we’re starting to get it going.”

Mayde Creek dominated Alvin from the start, scoring in all three phases before five minutes of play elapsed. Strong returned the opening kickoff 79 yards for a touchdown, with Daniel Huery adding the two-point conversion.

Strong provided the second touchdown as well, hauling in a 39-yard pass from Jacoby Wilson for a 15-0 advantage.

Then it was the defense’s turn to score. Trever Penny’s sack as part of a herd of Rams in the backfield forced a fumble recovered in the end zone by Mike Abiola. The Rams led 22-0 with 7:33 left in the opening quarter.

Mayde Creek did not let up, forcing another fumble recovered by Dezmond Murphy. The Rams took a 29-0 lead into the second quarter when Wilson floated a 10-yard touchdown to Demetrius LeDet.

The most promising development for the Rams was likely on defense. A unit that allowed 118 points in the first three games often got into the backfield before the quarterback set his feet, sometimes during the handoff.

“Just swarming towards the ball,” senior defensive back Faruk Agoro said. “(Defensive coordinator Kaeron) Johnson always tells us that no matter what happens, 11 guys go towards the ball at all times. There is a difference in the mentality we have as a defense. Last year we gave up too many big plays. This year it’s just a different coaching staff and different talent.”

The Rams had no shortage of defensive playmakers in the first half, including defensive end Marcus Stripling with three tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries. Jesse Jones recorded a pair of sacks by halftime. Penny had a sack and at least a share of two others.

Trejuan Holmes and Joseph Kinyock both had a tackle for loss and a sack before the break. D.J. Smith was in on five stops that went for no gain or less.

Mayde Creek forced three fumbles, a punt and three turnovers on downs in Alvin’s first seven possessions, then opened the second half with a blocked punt that set up a touchdown by John Zolacha.

Rams coach Mike Rabe enjoyed seeing the physical play on defense, highlighted by improved tackling. They also forced a fourth turnover in the second half on a fumble, bringing their takeaway total to an impressive 14.

“Whenever we tackle we go for the ball, every time,” Abiola said.

The Rams take the highest-scoring offense in 19-6A into district play with 207 points in four games. The Rams led 49-0 at halftime against Alvin, including a touchdown run by Trevion Goins and touchdown passes from Jacoby Wilson to L’Den Skinner and Strong. Tory Wilson added a fourth-quarter touchdown on the ground after Alvin broke the shutout early in the period.

The Rams amassed 220 yards on 33 carries, highlighted by a spectacular 66-yard run by Goins during which he found room on the left side, alertly stayed in bounds and ended up cutting through three more defenders on his way to the end zone.

Mayde Creek has shown more offensive balance this year, with Wilson already posting a pair of 100-yard rushing games including addition to his passing success.

“We’re able to run the football with this year’s group,” Rabe said. “We made that a big emphasis coming into the year. Last year we had to rely on the pass a whole lot more and get the ball out to our skill guys. This year we feel like the offensive line has helped us move the ball.”

The Rams had a promising start last year, taking a 2-0 mark in district play. But only one more win followed.

They are confident this time will be different.

“They’re going to meet the Creek,” Abiola said.

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