Week 3 of the Lacombe Rams season was a little unorthodox, with a schedule change leading to Lacombe booking a nine-man football game with the Innisfail Cyclones on short notice.
The tilt came a week after the Rams dropped their Week 2 matchup against the Joane Cardinal-Schubert High School Ravens 21-14 at MEGlobal Athletic Park last week, meaning the Rams were looking to regain some confidence and finally get in the win column after they tied Sylvan Lake 21-21 in Week 1.
Receiver Zach Schwab says there veteran core is starting to figure it out this year.
“We have been together for three years and it has been amazing to work with them and see how much we have done,” he said
Quarterback Mitch Simmons would get the Rams off on the right foot in the first quarter after he called him own number and ran in the 15-yard touchdown, putting Lacombe up 7-0. It looked like the Rams would add to the 1st quarter lead after running back Joshua Sorg ran in a score of his own, but an illegal block meant Lacombe would settle for a seven point lead heading into the second quarter.
It would be nearly seven minutes into the second quarter before the Cyclones had the answer when Gage Caron took the hand-off and beat the entire Rams defence, running it back 70-yard for the score to tie the game with just under five remaining in the half.
Lacombe would immediately have the the answer with a big play of their own on the ensuing when Takoda Dennis ran it back 80-yards, to take an eight-point lead after the Rams saw the blitz, faked the kick and converted the two-point play. Lacombe would continue to add to their lead after Gabe Hiebert added a touchdown of his own, leading to a 22-7 lead at halftime.
The Rams would continue to capitalize on the advantage early in the third quarter when Simmons, after connecting on a long pass to Schwab which got Lacombe to the two-yard line, called him own number and piled over the line for the score, leading to a 28-7. The Rams would continue to punish the Cyclones defence after Sorg connected on his first score, after his earlier run was called back — leading to a 35-7 lead heading into the final frame.
Schwab would keep the good times rolling early in the 4th with his score score of the game after Simmons connected with him on a long pass, leading to an all-but-over 42-7 lead.
“With nine-man football it opened the field for everyone. It felt like there was a lot of field for the returns,” Schwab said.
The Cyclones would quickly choose to forfeit after the Rams score, leading to the final score of the game.
Schwab said the game allowed them to get some field time for some of their young guys.
“It gives us a chance to get all of the other guys who are new to the Rams to get a chance at playing. It is nice to see,” he said.
The Rams move on to play next week at MEGLobal Field on Friday at 4:30 p.m. against Hunting Hills.
“We have a little work to do on the offensive side but I really think these boys are going to give it to them,” he said.