Rams lose to #8 Boone in homecoming football game

The Greene County Rams handed Iowa Falls-Alden a loss in their homecoming game last Friday, and this time it was the Rams’ turn to be handed a big loss for their own homecoming. The No. 8 rated Boone Toreadors topped the Rams 52-7 in a game in which all but the first 22 seconds of the second half were played with a continuous clock.

The Rams received the starting kickoff. They were penalized for delay of game on the second play of the game and it didn’t get easier. They were at fourth and eight on their own 22 when Austin Delp went in to punt. The snap was low but Delp picked it up and without any Toreadors rushing, he made it out to the Ram 45 for a first down. But, four penalties later the Rams were at fourth and 25 on their own 13 yard line. Delp punted and Boone had the ball on the Ram 35 yard line. Four more penalties later, three of them against the Rams, and three plays later the Toreadors scored their first touchdown on a three yard run. The kick for the extra point was wide and with 7:19 to play in the first quarter the Toreadors were ahead 6-0.

The Rams got a first down on their next possession but couldn’t make the next first down. Delp went in to punt from the Ram 30 yard line. With a good punt and a healthy roll the Toreadors started on their own 16 yard line. They incurred a 10 yard penalty, moving them back to their own 6 yard line. Quarterback Mason Hulse fired a long pass to John Imerman, Imerman took off running, and Boone had their second touchdown of the game. The PAT again failed and the score was 12-0 with 3:52 to play in the first quarter.

The Rams went out on downs and Boone started their next possession on the Ram 49 yard line. They scored in one play, a pass from Hulse to Tyler Casotti. This time the PAT was good and the score was 19-0 with 2:54 left in the first quarter.

The Ram offense was again held on downs and Boone had the ball on the Ram 43. They made it down to the 2 yard line but the Ram defense held them there. Jackson Smith kicked a field goal, though, and the score was 22-0.

The Rams’ next possession ended with a 31 yard Delp punt, but the Toreadors had a good return and started on the Ram 26 yard line. Boone scored three plays later on a short pass to John Herrick. The score was 28-0 with 6:27 to play in the half.

The Rams got on the scoreboard in their next possession. Sophomore Carter Morton returned the kickoff 79 yards to take the ball all the way to Boone’s 7 yard line. Morton scored three plays later on a 6-yard pass play. Leo Marques kicked the PAT and the score was 28-7 with 4:49 to play in the half.

Boone scored again three plays later on another Hulse to Imerman pass play. The score was 35-7. That was the final score of the half. The Rams had only one first down in the half and had a net 49 yards of offense, while Boone had 295 yards.

After a longer than usual halftime because of homecoming, Boone scored a TD on their second play. This time QB Hulse faked a handoff and then ran 46 yards to the end zone. The PAT was good and just 22 seconds into the second half Boone had the 35-point margin needed for the clock to run continuously.

Ram Xavier Hayes returned the kickoff 47 yards and a 15-yard penalty against Boone put the ball on the Boone 29 yard line. The Toreador defense held the Rams on downs and reclaimed the ball on their own 28 yard line. The 12-play drive ended with a Jackson Smith 27-yard field goal and the Toreadors were ahead 45-7.

The Rams’ next possession ended when the Toreadors intercepted a Clint Dennhardt pass on their own 24 yard line. They made no progress and were third and 10 when Hulse hit Imerman with a 76-yard pass. After the PAT the Toreadors were up 52-7 with 6:30 to play in the game.

The Rams’ last possession was their longest drive of the game, with sophomore quarterback Brent Riley facing many reserve Toreador defensive players. The drive was 56 yards and lasted 10 plays, but the Rams didn’t score. The game ended 52-7.
Boone’s Mason Hulse had 394 yard of offense in the air, completing 13 of 20 passes. The Toreadors rushed for 136 yards for a total of 530 yards of offense. Hulse threw five TD passes and rushed for another TD.

Greene County had only 118 net yards of offense. The Rams rushed for -1 yard and threw for 119 yards.

The Toreadors entered the game ranked eighth in Class 3A. The win over the Rams puts them at 6-0 overall and 4-0 in Class 3A District 2. The Rams are now 1-5 overall and 1-3 in district play.

The Rams play in Gilbert (1-5) next Friday.

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