The Rams (2-1) fell to Venice (3-1) on Friday night in another game where the offense couldn’t
get anything going as they were only able to put 7 on the scoreboard for
the second straight week.
Venice started the scoring on its second drive, which capped off with a 1-yard rushing
TD, however they did miss the extra point. Riverview took its first and only lead of the
game when running back Michael Poohdah Hayes Jr. scored the only touchdown for the Rams
with six minutes to go in the second half, giving the Rams some momentum, but that quickly
went away on Venice’s very next drive. With 5.30 to go in the second half, Venice threw a 62-
yard flee flicker to WR Myles Weston who made the tough catch going up against two Rams
defenders and broke away for the score as Venice retook the lead. The Indians then completed
a 2-point conversion and took a 14-7 lead going into the half. Venice continued its strong play
throughout the second half and especially on the defensive side of the ball. Venice was leading
21-7 going into the final quarter of play, and with eleven minutes left in
the fourth quarter, Venice fumbled in the red zone and gave the Rams a possible chance to
mount a comeback. Riverview's fans’ hope of that comeback ended quickly as the Rams were
forced to punt quickly after the recovered fumble. Venice sealed the deal with two late
touchdowns to secure the Indians’ third win of the season.
This game exposed a big hole in this young Riverview squad, and that’s the offense production.
The box score may not show it, but the Rams have a solid offense, especially star wide
receiver Omari Hayes, who had over 100 yards on the night as well as showing his
elite athleticism. The Rams’ biggest problem on that side of the ball is not being able to punch
the ball in the endzone when close or in the RedZone, which they will look to improve on as
they prepare for Lennard next Friday.
Looking ahead to Lennard
This Friday, the Rams are back in action at the Ram Bowl at 7:30 p.m. for the Rams’ first district
matchup vs. Lennard. The Longhorns are 2-0 on the season, with wins over Plant and Alonso.
As the Rams look to continue their streak of winning the district, this game is surely a key to
getting that job done. There is simply one key to this game for the Rams, and that’s getting
points on the offensive side of the ball. No matter how good the defense is, seven points is
not going to cut it and not going to get wins on most nights. Expect the Rams to
improve offensively on Friday and take their first district win of season.
Prediction 23-21 Rams