Lacombe Ram star Wide Receiver Richard Jans had three touchdowns in their game against the Holy Rosary Raiders. Todd Colin Vaughan/Lacombe Express

Lacombe Rams come up just short 27-26 to Holy Rosary

QB Mitch Simmons throws 4 TDs; Richard Jans catches 3

The Lacombe Rams football team were looking to rebound in a big way against the Holy Rosary Raiders after being blanked 44-0 by Medicine Hat in Week 1.

“I had the opportunity to exchange film with these guys. In my opinion, they were as good as Medicine Hat,” Ross said.

Lacombe would ultimately show positive signs, but would go on to lose in heartbreaking fashion.

The first half would show plenty of promise, with Rams Quarterback Mitch Simmons managing to find stand-out wide receiver Richard Jans for three touchdowns.

“We can rely on a lot of our offensive keys. The real big difference was our o-line improving 100 per cent,” Ross said.

Unfortunately for Lacombe, the Raiders would capitalize one two Simmons interceptions and a recovered onside kick, leading to a 21-20 lead lead at the half for Holy Rosary.

The third quarter would be a defensive stalemate, with neither Lacombe or Holy Rosary being able to move the ball too far away from midfield.

The Rams would be the first to break through early in the fourth quarter, after an extended drive starting near the end of third quarter lead to a Simmons touchdown pass to Turner Douglas — leading to a 26-21 Ram lead with just over 10 minutes to play.

The game would remain in Rams control until the final minutes when consistent pressure in the Rams own zone would lead to a quarterback sneak by Raider quarterback Dante Tabacu, leading to a 27-26 Raider lead with just 2:17 to play.

An untimely fumble with just over a minute would the ultimate demise of the Rams, leading to a 27-26 heartbreaking Raider win.

“Mistakes happen and we have to teach kids that in sports, you have to have a short memory. Simon (Gray) can lament a fumble, but he made a bunch of good plays,” Ross said. “It is a matter of keeping them positive and tell them that bad things can still happen when you do the right things.”

The Rams now go on to Bonneville to play their last exhibition game, before starting the regular season in Red Deer the following week.

Ross believes that wins will start coming for this team.

“I think it is going to be these guys figuring out football. They are sometimes so confused because they are so young. Once they become more football intelligent, I think they will be okay,” Ross said.

todd.vaughan@reddeerexpress.com

Just Posted

Team Alberta ends Games strongly with 44 medals in week one

Alberta is currently sitting in second place of the medal standings

PHOTOS: Alberta male team takes silver in Winter Games relay speed skating

Alberta was close behind Quebec in the team relay speed skating finals

Alberta was crowned champions in Wheelchair Basketball at Canada Winter Games

Ontario won silver while Quebec took home the bronze medal

Let the Games begin!

Team Alberta takes home gold and silver in speed skating on day one

Indigenous leaders, politicians say Trans Mountain report flawed

The National Energy Board has endorsed an expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline a second time

People gather for funeral of seven children killed in fast-moving Halifax fire

Traditional portion of the service will be followed by words from community members

WATCH: Pet therapy brings calmness to Winter Games athletes

Canada Winter Games in Red Deer continue on until March 2nd

R. Kelly charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse

R&B star has been accused of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls for years

Child advocacy centre raising funds through Dream Home Lottery

The child advocacy centre in Red Deer uses its resources to help kids all over Central Alberta

Trudeau tells Canadians to listen to clerk in SNC-Lavalin matter

Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick delivered a blunt assessment at the House of Commons justice

Mueller report looming, new attorney general in hot seat

Robert Mueller is required to produce a confidential report to pursue or decline prosecutions

B.C. woman shares story of abuse with church officials ahead of Vatican summit

Leona Huggins was the only Canadian in the gathering ahead of a historic summit at the Vatican

Sylvan Lake’s Megan Cressey misses Freestyle Skiing Big Air podium

Alberta’s Jake Sandstorm captured silver in the men Freestyle Skiing Big Air contest

Most Read