The Eastside Rams hosted the Clay Blue Devils on Thursday, October 1 at Citizen Field. The Blue Devils traveled from Green Cove Springs looking to continue their unbeaten run. The Eastside Rams were looking for their first win of the season with new Head Coach Alex Deleon.
Starting off Hot
Eastside started off the game with a Breakaway run from Keonte Macon in the first quarter to give the Rams a 7-0 lead. However, after the first rushing touchdown, Eastside was shut out until the fourth quarter.
Clay Doesn’t Look Back
Despite surrendering 7 points in the 1st quarter, the Clay Blue Devils scored 41 unanswered to secure the victory at Citizen Park.
The game began to get out of hand as a fumble by Rams QB Holden Johnson on the one-yard line made the game 20-7 before the half.
A dominant display of offensive line play from the Clay Blue Devils as they bullied the Eastside Rams up front in the trenches, allowing the skill position players to shine.
The Rams were able to score one more time in the fourth with a 70-yard touchdown run from Keonte Macon with 2:01 remaining. However, it ended up being too little too late as Clay moved to 3-0 and Eastside fell to 0-4.
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Player of the Game
Furthermore, Al’querious Ray was named the player of the game as he ran circles around the Rams defense. Ray rushed 17 times for 125 and two touchdowns as well as catching one reception for 64 yards and a touchdown.
As a result of the loss, special teams player Jamo Williams provided his real but honest take to the winless start.
“It depends on the people on the team and if they really wanna play and depends on the person and their attitude… Once you miss a certain amount of practices you’re not going to know what to do and you’re going to miss your spot… We gotta improve our attitude and work hard” – Jamo Williams
After a bye week, the 0-4 Eastside Rams look to gain their first win of the season traveling to a 2-1 Ridgeview team in a non-conference game.
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