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The Rams fell to the Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes 42-7 in the first game of the season on Saturday at Farrington Field.
Despite the loss, fans, players, and head football coach Joe Prud’homme all seemed in good spirits after the game, with many players coming to greet their families after the game with smiles on their faces.
Although, Prud’homme seemed disappointed in the outcome of the game.
“We played a solid first half until that last minute when we gave up some easy plays,” Prud’homme said. “We just didn’t play as well as I had expected. We just need to grow up as a team and mature.”
In the first quarter, Rams newcomer quarterback Donovan Isom scored the Rams’ only touchdown of the game on a three-yard run. Gregory Blaser added the extra point. Soon after, Isom was injured and had to be removed from the rest of the game. Prud’homme stated that he was not allowed to disclose details of the injury yet.
“Early on, we competed very well,” Prud’homme said. “We gave up some big plays, though, and we just can’t do that. Offensively, we moved the ball, we just couldn’t seem to get it to finish.”
The first half ended with a score of 7-21 Coyotes, with the Coyotes quickly doubling their score in the second half. Despite the low score on the home side, fans were still ecstatic in the stands up until the last second of the game. According to ramsports.net, a large crowd of 2,309 fans was present to cheer on the Rams, in addition to the Ram Squad, the cheerleaders, and the Gold Line dancers.
According to ramsports.net, this game marked the first night home game the Rams have ever played. Previously, when Wesleyan was playing football, it was in the afternoon, so there were no lights on in Farrington Field.
The next Rams football game will be at Texas A&M University – Kingsville in Kingsville, Texas on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. The next home game will be against Texas College on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m.
“We’re gonna have to practice and get better,” Prud’homme said of the upcoming games. “We have a really tough opponent next week. We have to be prepared to go.”