Despite scoring just one touchdown in district play, the Eagles came into the game with a new offense and legitimate threats on offense in 230-pound running back Tim Robinson and fleet wide receiver Luis Reyes.
But the Rams held Robinson to 24 yards on 19 carries and cornerbacks Kissinger and Rascellis Williams, assigned to cover Reyes, did not allow the Eagles’ leading receiver to catch a pass.
“We were concerned with them hitting Reyes on long passes so we put (Colby) Kissinger on him and Roscoe (Williams) on him and they shut him down,” Lawrence said. “Robinson is a big, good-looking back and we knew we were going to have to tackle him low.
“Our tackling was sure and I think he got discouraged. We put several hats (helmets) on him on every play. They ran the I wing and the fullback trap, but we also stopped their toss sweep and isolation plays. The guys did a good job of tackling low and also helping out on each play. I thought we did a good job of getting multiple hats on him.
“This is the second week in a row where our defense has played outstanding, and we are getting better at tackling low. We are also pursuing the ball better and doing a better job of filling the gaps.”
After Kissinger’s return gave the Rams their first lead of the season, Hicks outran the Eagles’ defense for scores of 23 and 56 yards. Kicker Patrick Folkner booted two extra points but another was blocked as the Rams led 20-0 after the first quarter.
In the second period Acosta threw a TD pass to Seargeant on a drive that covered 36 yards on five plays that was set up by an interception from Kissinger.
The Rams, who rushed for 295 yards, found the end zone on the ground two more times before the half ended as Seargeant capped a three-play drive with a seven-yard blast over the goal line and another TD came on a four-yard run by Parks. That TD was set up by a pickoff by Omery Trevino.
With the game well in hand, the Rams’ defense dug in during the second half and did not allow the Eagles on its side of the gridiron.
The Rams rushed for three touchdowns in the second half as Hicks, Seargeant and Parks each took a turn running to pay dirt.
The Rams will continue district play at 7:30 p.m Friday (Nov. 1) at home against Springtown.