The Pleasant Ridge Rams couldn't be stopped and cruised to a 42-10 win over the Jefferson County North Chargers on Friday in their home opener.
“We weren't expecting this,” said head coach Pat McCollim.
It was 42-3 at the half and sophomore quarterback Nick Holmes had 197 total yards and four touchdowns before him and the rest of the starters sat out in the second half.
“We came out and executed and took advantage of some things they were giving us,” McCollim said.
The Rams were able to get big chunks of yardage at a time throughout the first half.
Holmes had five runs for more than 10 yards, including a 48-yard run that led to his nine-yard touchdown run to make it 30-3 in the middle of the second quarter.
“He keeps getting better every week,” McCollim said. “He's reading the option very well and we got to get the arm involved a little bit.”
He also had a 62-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Blake Graham late in the first half to score the final points for the Rams.
The senior running back ran it three times for 74 yards and two touchdowns, too.
His first touchdown was a 10-yard scamper to make it 22-0 early in the second quarter.
The second was his second biggest play of the night when he ran for 48 yards to put the Rams up 36-2 with 3:32 left in the half.
The Chargers were able to get three points after a 12-play drive to make it 22-3 with 5:58 left in the second quarter.
Their touchdown came on their second drive of the second half on a nine-play drive that ended with a three-yard touchdown run to make it 42-10 with 9:29 left in the game.
There were only a combined five drives in the second half because of the continuous running clock.
McCollim said he was pleased with the performance of the backup players because they are usually just the scout team for the opponent in practice.
“They just don't get a lot of chances to get reps and I was extremely happy that they could line up right,” he said.
The Rams will face Oskaloosa on the road next week.
“They are well coached and they run an offense that you have to be disciplined on,” McCollim said. “We will be emphasizing our jobs and responsibilities.”
Immaculata 29, Onaga 69
The Raiders fall to 0-2 after the road loss.
Quarterback Justin Varney threw four touchdowns.
Drew Sachen ran for 76 yards off four carries.
Tonganoxie 41, Atchison 14
The Chieftains had 325 yards on the ground.
Cole Holloway had 143 yards to lead the team.
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The Bobcats fell behind 12-0 in the fourth and got a touchdown pass from Tim Sanders to Jahron McPherson, but a late interception sealed the win for Piper.
The two teams only combined for 365 yards.
Basehor had 141 yards and Piper recorded 224.
The teams combined to go 7-for-27 on third down.