The Rams looking to win one more to be the GEL Champions
When a season comes to an end, most people say, “There’s always next year.” However the Dixon Football Rams are far from done with their season. This Friday they will be playing for not only first place, but also for the GEL championship. The Rams play the Capital Christian Cougars,who are 3-1 and look to be the toughest test for the Rams in league all year.
Last week, the Rams played one heck of a game, beating the visiting Mesa Verde Mavericks 17-0 and improving their record to 3-1 in league and 3-6 overall. The Rams played with a lot of heart and passion, and Coach Wes Beseghini was very happy with their performance. They showed that they want that GEL title, and they will go through anyone to get it.
Last week, the Rams, who faced the Mesa Verde Mavericks, had a terrific performance from running-back Korey Hall who ran 29 times for 219 yards and scored one touchdown. He, among other running-backs, really set the tone for the entire game and helped control the possession of the ball. “Being able to sustain great drives is always good, and it’s what makes you a dominant offense,” Coach Wes said.
“Korey has had that potential all year long,” Coach Wes Beseghini said. The Rams also opened up to their multiple running-backs and were able to get Korey some rest. “It was nice to give Korey some time off the field- he did carry the bulk of the runs, but the other runners gave a him at least a series off,” Coach Beseghini said. The Rams’ other runners like Marcos Pangelinan and Nick Bonovich were a part of this multiple running-back attack that gave the Rams that edge over the Mavericks in the later part of the game.
To have multiple running-backs is something Coach Beseghini had talked about all year long. Now that all his players are healthy, it now seemed possible to make it all happen on the field, instead of the constant hope for running success.
The Rams offensive-line also shined last week, making the dominant running game possible. “They played [offensive-line] very well. This was the best offensive line surge we have had all year,” Coach Beseghini said. He also commented that the offensive-line controlled the line of scrimmage. Controlling the line of scrimmage is primarily where games are won.
The Rams defensive line also did a fantastic job keeping the quick and fast Mavericks running game to less than 100 yards on the night. They kept the Mavericks out of the end zone all night.
The Rams are looking to play hard against the Capital Christian Cougars this Friday. When asked if the Rams perhaps were getting a little too arrogant after getting 3 wins in a row, Coach Beseghini said, “This team is just as prepared as they have been all season and just because Capital Christian lost to Mesa Verde doesn’t stop us from being our best.”
The Cougars are just like the majority of the teams the Rams have played all year: a strong running team. The Rams will be playing another team with a big strong running-back that can put up a lot of yards during a game, much like the 300 yard performance from the Marysville runner.
When asked what Coach Beseghini’s prediction was, he said, “If they play to the best of their ability I think they definitely can win.” He also said that if the Rams don’t show up with that fire or come to the game with expectations, then the Rams do have a chance to lose because of their lack of control.
Despite such an ugly start to the season, the Rams have come alive when it counted. As a team, they have shown what they are capable of doing and that is winning the GEL championship.