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Written by: David Burnworth on Saturday, October 2nd, 2021
Saturday afternoon I made my way to Kenmore Stadium in Akron, Ohio. My last visit there was way back in 2001 where Kenmore shut out Akron East by the score of 13-0. This time around Kenmore-Garfield a few years back merged into one team and they were hosting Ellet. The Rams entered with a 3-3 record, while the Ellet Orangemen came in with a 2-3 record, but on a two-game win streak.
Ellet started quickly with Devin Huwig making a Randy Moss-like diving catch for a 12-yard gain. Kesean Younger would get to the Orangeman quarterback Alec Faulconer with a lot of help from his defensive friends for a loss of a yard. The teams would go back and forth throughout the opening quarter with the Orangemen getting the last big play with Jake Fisher picking up 13-yards.
In the 2nd quarter, the Rams would break the scoreless tie when Demean Martin made a nice catch for the 13-yard score, with the Rams facing a fourth and thirteen. Martin also converted the two-point run to make this an 8-0 game, with 11:21 left in the half. The Rams drive totaled 16 plays and totaled 85-yards.
Alec Faulconer would hook up with Fisher for a gain of fourteen at the 9:09 mark of the 2nd quarter. Faulconer would hit Devin Huwig for a gain of 33-yards to the Rams 1-yard line, from there Keyshaewn Stephens plowed in for the Orangemen score. Devin Huwig was stopped on the two-point conversion try leaving this an 8-6 score, with 7:14 left in the half.
The Rams would get a nice run from D’Monte Terry for 50-yards but shortly after Martin coughed the ball up and pouncing on it for the Orangemen was Tim Peake. Martin must have gotten a little angry with himself because before the afternoon was over he would end up having a solid game.
There would be no scoring during the rest of the quarter as the defenses would overpower the offenses. The one play that stuck out before the half ended was Fisher being taken down by Antwaine Williams and a host of his defensive friends. Fisher would overcome this and he too would end his afternoon with a very good game.
Martin got things started in the third when he broke a tackle on his way to a 17-yard gain when the Rams were facing a fourth and six. However, Terry who looked to be down fumbled the ball and scooping it up, and going 86-yards to the Rams 6-yard line was Caiden Lutz. Fisher would cap the drive off with a 5-yard run to give the Orangemen the 12-8 lead, with 6:30 left on the clock.
In the last 5:52 of the quarter, the Rams looked to have a 27-yard run from Terry but a penalty took away the run and pretty much ended the drive. More bad luck came at the Rams or one could say some good luck came to the Orangemen when Marquis Vaughn deflected a pass just missed getting the pick on the deflection Isaiah Brown caught the ball and took it to the house for the one-play thirty-nine-yard touchdown drive to make this an 18-8 game.
The fourth quarter would be dominated by the Rams. Martin would score on a 25-yard run and again convert the two-point conversion run to make this an 18-16 game, with 11:48 left. The Rams defense quickly forced Ellet into a punting situation where Terry not only blocked the punt he scooped it up and took it to the house from about 30-yard out. Martin did his usual and ran the two-point conversion try into the end zone to make this a 24-18 game, with 8:27 left.
Jimmy Spaulding would be the workhorse on the Rams last drive 19 yards on two runs and then finishing the drive off with a 5-yard score. Martin was stopped on the two-point conversion try giving us our final score of 30-18 Rams.
I spoke with Martin after the game and asked him how he made things look so easy out there on the field. He smiled as his eyes lit up and said in a joking kind of serious way it is all natural talent. Then he gave the feed me Zeke move and said it is in my blood. Even with his workload in this one he had a sense of humor and looked like he could go out and play another game.
197 YARDS PASSING 6-9
PASSING 2-4 1 TD
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