Rams come up short

Published 11:40 pm Friday, October 1, 2010

With their starting quarterback Turner Radge out for the season due to a leg injury, the Francis Marion Rams (2-4) turned to Toriance Herring for offensive leadership Friday night when the Vincent Yellow Jackets (4-2) came to visit. The Rams received the ball to begin the game and needed a quick start to build the young QB’s confidence, but Herring threw an interception on the first play from scrimmage. Fortunately the turnover didn’t cost any point and both teams traded punts for the majority of the first quarter. Herring finally found Jalin Essex open on a fade route with 2:36 left in the first for 41 yard score.

The Ram defense held the Yellow Jackets to a three and out and blocked the attempted punt. Again, Herring found Essex open and scored on the same fade route, this time from twenty yards out. The two point conversion was no good making the score 14-0.

On a third down and ten from the Rams thirty yard line, Vincent’s quarterback threw it up in the air and was caught for a touchdown. A disuised onside kick followed the Yellow Jacket TD and the ball bounced right back into their hands. They took advantage and added six more to the score board.

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Marion had a little trickery of its own to display. Herring, who is also the punter, faked a punt on their next drive and nobody was catching him in the open field. He took it all of fifty seven yards to the end zone. A questionable call kept the Rams from converting the two point try. Vincent was able to answer and took the lead 22-20 before the half.

The Yellow Jackets received the ball to begin the third quarter and it took only sixty seconds for them to score. Marion punted on their next possession but intercepted a pass by Vincent’s Damauntey Johnson. The Rams were able to capitalize on Johnson’s mistake to cut Vincent’s lead to two points. Unfortunately for the Rams,that was as close as the score would get. Both teams would put it in the end zone one more time making the final score 36-34 in Vincent’s favor.