Rams Run Rosemead Out of North Field
By Josh Ouellette, Writer
October 3, 2012 • 355 views
By Josh Ouellette
Temple City, CA -
The Temple City Rams upset the favored Rosemead Panthers Friday night 20-10 thanks to what TC head coach Mike McFarland called, ” really hard-working kids with big hearts,” and some fortunate bounces at North Field. Giving Temple City its first victory over the ‘Mead in three years.
Nick Starling started off with a bang with a 42-yard touchdown run for the Rams and he didn’t look back. He finished the night with 23 carries for 159 yards leading his team with big first down runs and grinding rushes all night.
Following the early score, the Panthers couldn’t move the ball early on and TC capitalized. Driving down field again the Rams finished off with another first quarter score thanks to a sweeping 4-yard run by Nick Kaneko. He finished with 40 yards on the night, along with another 27 pounding yards for Chris Reed, Temple City totaled over 225 yards rushing.
Following a blocked PAT by the Panthers the score was 13-0 all TC.
Rosemead fought back, moving downfield consistently thanks largely to an Everardo Camacho pass to Jaime Robles for 64-yards. A pass from Camacho to Steven San Miguel for 15-yards made it first and goal for the Panthers. Then the drive stalled, Felipe Serano sacked Camacho back to the 13 yard line, and a ‘Mead false start pushed the ball back to the 18. A couple of plays later and the Rams forced the Panthers to settle for a 29-yard field goal by Stephen Cansino.
Rosemead held TC and began another drive only to have the Rams defense force a fumble. Oscar Estrada recovered the ball for the home team.
Another Panther drive late in the second quarter resulted in an interception by Isiah Durden on Camacho’s pass, thus giving Temple City the 13-3 lead going into the break.
After trading possession to open the second half, TC forced and recovered another fumble, this time on a completion to San Miguel, to gain possession at the ‘Mead 44.
On his first pass of the night Anthony Valencia found a diving Starling for a 25-yard corner pattern giving the Rams their biggest chunk of yards in the game since Starlings long touchdown in the first quarter. Three plays later thanks to a few short runs and a Panther personal foul penalty Temple City was set up with third and goal at the five.
On his second and final pass of the night Valencia found Freddie Hinojosa for the five-yard pass, following Valencia’s successful point after (with a little help from one of his own blockers helmet) the Rams led 20-3 late in the third quarter.
Two possessions later Rosemead was able to find paydirt for the first and only time on a Camacho 1-yard dive into the end zone.
Temple City closed the game out with a 9:05 drive to ice the game.
The Rams will take their (2-3) record into Rio Hondo League play at home facing Blair (0-5). The Vikings are coming off of an 83-point defeat at the hands of Eagle Rock.
The ‘Mead (2-3) will head back home to face South El Monte (2-3) and open up Mission Valley league play against the Eagles who let an early lead slip against San Marino to lose 31-21 to the Titans.