Defensively, the Rams carried over their success from the Lake Worth game and smothered the Eagles. Diamond Hill could only muster 36 yards of total offense, all on the ground, and a mere two first downs.
The Eagles were 0-for-4 passing with two interceptions – both to seniors, Kissinger and Omery Trevino – and a third pick bounce out of a Rams defender’s hands.
Defensive tackle Preston Hoskins anchored a senior-laden defensive line, including tackle Angel Gutierrez and defensive ends Lucas Barham and Elijuan Combs.
Each one manhandled the Eagle offensive line and exerted their will in the opposing backfield.
“I’ve got a great defensive line, good linebackers, a great defensive corps,” Hoskins said. “When they’re doing their job, it just makes it really easy to do mine. I give my performance to my teammates. Without them I wouldn’t be the way I am right now.”
Hoskins continued on the importance of the win.
“It’s a great feeling. I’ve been desperately wanting one all season. We all have.
“Just to come out and show everybody that we are capable of winning and putting some points on the board. We are in the running for the playoffs.”
Head coach Chuck Lawrence recognized the significance of the win and hopes the success will carry over to next week’s crucial home district matchup against the Springtown Porcupines (3-5, 2-1).
“Any win is big,” he said. “The seniors only have one more home game.
“Hopefully we can win that one and they’ll end their Rams Stadium career with two straight wins.
“That will be something they can remember for a lifetime.”
These Rams seniors can never be accused of backing down from a challenge. They have every intention to win that last home game and march toward the postseason. Gutierrez said it best:
“We’ve got playoffs on our mind,” he said. “We’re going to shut ‘em down.”