After being handed a stunning defeat at home last Friday by the Quad-A North No. 1 ranked North Allegheny Tigers, the Rams handed the Cavaliers their third loss of the season 31-14 by winning at home Friday for their Homecoming game.
The Cavaliers early on in the first quarter were first to put points on the board when Ricky Carter ran 19 yards for a touchdown.
The second quarter was dominated by the Rams when they scored three unanswered touchdowns. The first came with only over a minute into the quarter when Luke Merhaurt ran for a 46-yard touchdown. A few minutes later Ram’s running back Connor Slomka placed the ball in the end zone after a 7-yard run from scrimmage. The Ram’s third touchdown came late in the second quarter when Ram’s linebacker Nico Elms intercepted a Cavalier’s pass and returned it 64 yards, making score at half-time 21-7.
Half-time activities were highlighted when Pine-Richland Senior Callie Smallwood was named this year’s Homecoming Queen. Smallwood said she plans to major in marine biology; she has not yet chosen a college. First place runner-up was Adrienne Remo and Casie Elkin was this year’s second runner-up, both are Seniors.
While the third quarter was scoreless, the fourth quarter saw action with 6:49 remaining when an attempted interception by Ram’s place kicker Adam Napotnik went terribly wrong, when he batted the ball into the hands of Cavalier’s wide receiver George Tanner in the end zone giving the Cavalier’s their second and last score in the game.
With just a little over two minutes left to play, Ram’s Grant Goldberg widened the Ram’s lead by three more points with a 42-yard field goal.
The Ram’s sealed the Cavalier’s fate with 1:01 left on the clock when Connor Slomka ran for a 15-yard touchdown.
Both teams are 2-3 mid-way through the season.