SHELBYVILLE, IL. —
Next week, the Rams will be playing Off Broadway and, with this first game under their belt, they may have a chance at rave reviews after their opening night bomb.
Junior QB Lucas Duckett, starting his first game at the helm, was under duress and valiant in defeat. He threw 9-of-14 for 74 yards and one interception. He ran out of necessity for 25 yards to lead the rushing stats.
The Shelby defense played well when they were fresh and as Maroa struggled with penalties.
Ram senior Matt White tipped a pass on the first Maroa possession on 3rd and 2 near midfield. Maroa went for it on 4th down and failed. Shelby got the ball on the Maroa 45.
After a penalty negated a Maroa TD on their next possession, Maroa went for it on 4th and 22 and junior Wyatt Fox defended the pass and Shelby got the ball back on their own 32 yard line.
Junior Adam Hudson also tipped a pass forcing 2nd and 10 on the next Maroa possession near midfield. But, Hockaday broke tackles and scored on the next play to put Maroa up 7-0. On the next Maroa possession, Ben Houska and White stopped a Trojan run on 2nd and 1. But, on 3rd and 2 a screen pass went in for the score, to make it 14-0.
Senior tight end Luke McConnell had flashes of brilliance receiving in the 1st half, but wasn't a factor in the 2nd half. Junior Tyler Hendryx was key on the Ram drive to the red zone in the 2nd quarter and Fox had a big catch to get to the Trojan 13 yard line. Robbie Boarman had a 1st down reception, before things degenerated.
In the 2nd half, once it became a JV game, sophomore Bart Kennell was the Ram star on defense. At the start of the 4th quarter he had a sack and either blocked or pressured Maroa on a punt to give the Rams the ball in Maroa territory. Kennell also was in on a sack that forced a fumble recovered by White.