Greeneview suffers tough loss to DC

08/31/2011

JAMESTOWN — Greeneview opened a new season with a new coach, but the same results, as the Rams suffered a loss at home last night to Dayton Christian, 53-7.

“We got outplayed,” said Rams coach Neal Kasner. “They really knew how to execute well.”

DC scored quickly, when Caleb Slaton ran the ball in for the touchdown, but the extra point was missed, leaving the score 6-0 with a little over two minutes into the first quarter.

The Rams got the ball back, but freshman quarterback Chance Frye threw the first of his two interceptions to turn the ball over to the Warriors again.

“A lot of our players are young,” Kasner said. “For some of them, this is their first time under the lights. It’s a tough baptism for us.”

As the first quarter progressed, the Rams started to progress as well — but with every progression came a set back.

Frye threw his second interception in the first quarter and the Rams were called on penalties for encroachment.

Things started to look up for the Rams after the Warriors were forced to punt, but Rams senior Kaleb Carter dropped the ball on the return causing a turnover.

DC went on to score twice more in the first quarter. But the Rams’ Tyler Saunders blocked an extra point, leaving the score 19-0, Warriors.

The Warriors began the second quarter with a score as Slaton broke away to make the score 26-0 with 10:47 left in the half.

Greeneview battled themselves again, fumbling twice, but only recovering one of the fumbles.

The Warriors’ Brandon Rahn broke Greeneview’s attempted tackles to run in another touchdown, and DC progressed to 33-0, which was the count at halftime.

But the Warriors came out of the locker room with a win in mind as junior Connor Carr ran 80 yards for the touchdown on a first down play and 39-0 lead, the extra point was no good.

The Warriors began the fourth quarter with good field position, and lead off with another score as they climbed to 53-0 in less than a minute.

Greeneview’s Heath Harding retaliated, returning the ball 20 yards, but the Rams were forced to punt after an almost intercepted pass on fourth and eight.

With the Warriors taking over again, the stands remained full as the Rams’ fans loyally cheered on their team for the remainder of the game.

The Rams’ defense kept pushing, and forced the Warriors to punt on fourth and 29.

But as the Warriors attempted the punt, a bad snap landed in the hands of Drake Lawson, standing in the endzone; a last minute score for the Rams.

With a little under seven minutes left, the Rams and Warriors battled on defense until the game ended with DC taking the win, 53-7.

Greeneview’s Frye ended the game going two-for-seven with two interceptions and 11 yards; Matt Matheny ended the game with nine tackles; Cody Lawson had two receptions for 11 yards; Armani Robinson had six yards; and Carter had nine tackles, and had 20 yards on offense.

“We have a lot of guys playing both sides the whole game,” said Carter. “We can’t complain. We’ve got a new coach, a lot to work on and it won’t happen over night. We just have to keep pushing.”

This week, Kasner said the team will work on correcting last night’s flaws.

“On offense, we have to work on running, being more physical, protecting the passer, and of course, no turn overs,” he said. “On defense, we just have to have more discipline and be where we need to be. We have to work on tackling, we can’t be missing tackles like we did tonight.”

The Rams will take on Belmont at Welcome Stadium next Saturday at 7:30 p.m. before returning home Friday, September 9 to play Riverview East Academy.

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