Rams defeat Triad in a barn burner on the road

Rams off to a hot start this season as they currently sit with a 2-1 record

Cam Meyer, Sports Editor

After a tough loss against Mascoutah, the Rams bounced back and defeated Triad in their third game of the season.

On September 9, 2022, the Rams played their first away football game of the season and won 27-22 in a comeback effort against the Triad Knights.

The Rams kept their first drive alive with a fake punt to gain a first down, only to turn the ball over on downs, keeping the game scoreless.

“Games have swings of momentum. I view things a little differently, as we maintained possession and took time off of the clock which helped us ice the game at the end. Everything happens for a reason,” described Rams Head Coach Dan Mings.

At the start of the second, Triad punted and the ball landed on the two, putting MV in a bad spot to start the quarter.

Triad ended up getting the game going by racking up a safety on MV.

¨We weren’t very happy that we were down. But we all kept our spirits up, looked at the film, fixed what was going wrong, and turned it around,” assured running back Navontae Nesbit.

Coming out of halftime, Triad had a 5-0 lead, as they scored a field goal before the half, and that lead would only grow with a touchdown on their first drive of the new half.

“The first half we were a little down on ourselves but we all noticed we were still in the game and that giving up was not a option,” stated Cornerback Marvin Myers.

The fourth quarter is where things started to turn around for the Rams

Triad started out with a field goal to make the game 15-0, but MV bounced back with a four-yard rushing touchdown by running back Ethan Rivera.

Things only improved for MV after that, as they scored in back-to-back drives, making the game 21-15.

“Advantage of turnovers, playing sound football, and big-time players making big-time plays in big-time situations, [are all reasons for the big shift in momentum for the Rams,]  remarked Coach Mings.

The moment that really shifted the momentum into MV’s favor was when Cornerback Marvin Myers stole the ball out of the offense’s hand and walked right in for the fumble recovery touchdown, making the game 27-15.

“I felt excited and full of every emotion,” described Myers.

There was a little scare after Triad returned a kick for a 75-yard touchdown, but it ended up being nothing but another score in the stat book.

“I think we were in better shape than Triad. You can tell that they were gassed, and we turned it up,” revealed Nesbit.

After many controversial calls and a 15-point deficit, the Rams managed to come from behind and win despite all of their disadvantages going into the fourth quarter.

“I think each win has its own place. They are a culmination of preparation. In the general scheme of things and recent history, I think that winning is important to the community. I think it means the program is headed in the right direction,” stated Coach Mings.

With this win, the Rams are now tied for first in the South Seven rankings with a record of 2-1.

“[We were] absolutely stoked by the fans, band, cheerleaders, and student section! So fun to see everyone enjoying the games. It really helps the team stay fixed up,” expressed Coach Mings.

Come out to Ken Hunt Stadium this Friday at 7:00 and support your Rams in their first conference game against Althoff Catholic!