But the offense went backwards in three plays and the Rams were forced to punt.
MWHS moved the ball with a little more success on its next drive.
Acosta fired a 23-yard pass to receiver Omery Trevino, and on the next play junior running back Josh Hardee blasted up the middle for an 11-yard gain and another first down.
But with the ball on the Hirschi 29-yard line and the Rams facing a fourth and two, Acosta was stopped for no gain and the ball went over on downs to the hosts.
The next two MWHS drives did not result in points despite a 28-yard completion to McCain Mason that produced 28 yards on the second of the two drives.
The Rams excited their fans on the next series. Forced to punt, Acosta noticed that no Hirschi defender was covering Kissinger, who lined up wide to the right side.
After taking the snap, instead of punting, Acosta sent a pass to Kissinger, who caught the ball and raced 33 yards deep into Hirschi territory. But the football gods were not smiling on the Rams as Kissinger was stripped of the ball and the Huskies recovered.
It was just that kind of an evening for the luckless Rams.
“Colby was uncovered and it is an automatic read,” Lawrence said. “He wasn’t covered so Caleb did what he was supposed to do and Colby caught the ball.
“Unfortunately, it didn’t totally work out, but the fumble down deep ended up just as good as a punt anyway.”
In the second half the Rams shut down the Huskies on their first two drives of the second half. But the Huskies added four scores in the second half, including Battle’s second punt return score and Victor Jones’ interception return for a TD to close the scoring.
One positive displayed by the Rams in the contest came on the offensive line, a line that was plagued by illegal procedure penalties in the season-
opening loss to Graham.
The Rams committed only one illegal procedure penalty in the game, a sign that the unit focused on and almost eliminated what was a problem in the past.
Lawrence said it was a step in the right direction.
“Sure, any step forward for us right now is a big step,” Lawrence said. “We have to continue to get some of these young kids ready to go.”