JOHN CURTIS - Daily Union Sports Editor
SHELBYVILLE, IL. —
Central A&M football has rolled through the 2012 season with one victory after another and stands as the only undefeated team in the Okaw Valley Conference heading into Week 7. They also have climbed from the #11 state-ranked team in 1A in the preseason poll to #2 state-ranked.
The Raiders have out-scored their opponents 237 to 114. They have scored 33 TDs in six games (5.5 per game) and put up 2317 yards (379 yards per game).
A&M started the season by knocking off rival St. Teresa, 35-14. It was the first win over the Bulldogs since 2001. He gradually built a 21-7 lead, then made a statement in the 4th quarter extending their lead to 21 points, then answering St. Teresa's superfluous lone 2nd half score with an exclamation point.
A&M only had eight yards passing, but put up 352 yards rushing. Quarterback Curtis Ramsey rushed for 158 yards. Zack Ballinger rushed for 115 yards. Alex Snyder rushed for 63 yards.
That early exorcism propelled A&M's efforts over one opponent, then another.
In Week 2, A&M struggled early and fell behind 7-6 against a determined Sullivan-Okaw Valley squad. Then quarterback Curtis Ramsey scored late in the half to reclaim the lead. He threw a 68-yard TD pass to Alex Snyder to extend their lead and the A&M defense shut down SOV.
A&M had over 200 yards rushing and 100 yards passing, 300 total.
In Week 3, Central A&M had another huge win, beating Tolono, 47-41. They handed 7-1 Tolono, the #7 state-ranked team in 3A, their only loss of the season.
In Week 4, A&M had to deal with a strong Clinton ground game and the dealt the Maroons a 25-point loss, 47-22. Clinton had 230 yards rushing, but A&M had 220 yards rushing and 127 yards passing, almost 350 total yards.
Ballinger gave A&M a quick lead, returning the opening kick-off. After a Clinton drive for a score, A&M responded with four scores in the 2nd quarter and a 36-7 half-time lead. A&M stretched it to a 35-point lead through three quarters. Clinton's refusal to die gave them two scores in the 4th, but A&M made sure it was still a 25-point win with a final nail in the coffin.
In Week 5, A&M dashed the hopes of upstart Argenta-Oreana, 41-12. Argenta won their first three games, before taking a 3-point loss to Tolono. Argenta went flat in the 2nd half of that game, falling behind by nine points and only able to get one late score.
After that deflating defeat, A&M was too, too much. A&M scored first and never trailed. A&M had three unanswered scores and led by 21 points in the 3rd quarter. Argenta trimmed the lead to 15, but A&M scored two more times to bury the bombers by 29 points.
A&M put 277 yards rushing and Ramsey threw for 119 yards.
In Week 6, A&M faced a Tuscola team that had lost their mojo and the Raiders manhandled them, 47-18.
A&M had 309 yards rushing, led by Ramsey with 135 yards. Ramsey had 2 TDs, Snyder 2 TDs, and Ballinger 3 TDs, all rushing. Ramsey threw for over 100 yards again (159) for 468 yards of offense.
A&M had four unanswered scores in the 1st quarter. Tuscola finally got on the board, but A&M responded and still led by 28 points at the break. A&M scored twice in the 2nd half, for three unanswered scores and a 41-point lead in the 3rd, winding the running clock.
Central A&M has secured a play-off spot with 3 weeks still to play. They still have to play
A&M Stats (Week 1-6)
OFFENSE-2316 yards, 33 TDs
RUSHING-1592 yards, 26 TDs
Curt Ramsey 87/697 (8.0/carry), 11 TDs
Zach Ballinger 65/480 (7.1/carry), 11 TDs
Alex Snyder 45/322 (7.2/carry), 4 TDs
Chaylin Sims 17/72 (4.2/carry)
Ryan Houser 12/37 (3.1/carry)
PASSING-724 yards, 7 TDs
Ramsey 44/84 (52.4%), 722 yards, 7 TDs, 1 INT, 1 sack
Snyder 1/1, 2 yards
Snyder 9/224 yds (24.9 avg)
Ballinger 4/173 yds (43.3 avg) TD
Simms 2/19 yds (9.5)
Snyder 9/66 yds (7.3 avg)
Reece Ade 66 (37 solo/29 assists), 11 for loss
Snyder 54 (34/20), 4 for loss
Houser 49 (24/25), 2 for loss
Simms 47 (28/19), 1 for loss
William Rogers 37 (16/21), 4 for loss
Ballinger 31 (16/15), 8 for loss
Jason Pokalsey 28 (17/11)
Dane Kemezy 29 (14/15), 3 for loss
Spencer Garner 24 (13/11), 1 for loss
Matt Simpson 23 (9/14), 3 for loss
Ramsey 20 (13/7), 2 for loss
Dylan DeClerck 16 (9/7) 3 for loss
Trenton Chepan 11 (7/4) 1 for loss
Del Adcock 11 (5/6)
Logan Long 11 (4/7), 2 for loss
Roy Butts 7 (4/3)
Alex Marston 4 (3/1)
Daniel Burris 3 (0/3)
Aubrey Koontz 2 (2/0), 1 for loss
Austin Christian 2 (2/0)
Eric Moma 2 (0/2)
Branden Richardson 1 (0/1)
TAKEAWAYS/GIVEAWAYS (19/9, +10)
INTERCEPTIONS (8/1, +7)
Pokalsey 3 (59 yds)
Ramsey 2 (12 yds)
Ballinger 1 (17 yds)
Garner 1 (11 yds)
Ade 1 (0 yds)
FUMBLES (18/8 lost)
FUMBLE RECOVERIES (11, +3)
Ballinger 2 (69 yds, TD)
Garner 1 ( 5 yds)
Ade 39/1664 yds (42.7 avg)
Ramsey 2/91 yds (45.5 avg)
Ade 18/457 yds (25.4 avg), 13 ret yds (0.7 avg)
TIME OF POSSESSION
151:15 (25:12 avg)
PENALTIES (37/310 yards)
1st DOWNS (97)