BIG HORN — The Big Horn Rams toughest regular season games are most likely behind them.
While it’s a different sort of late-season challenge, they’re intent on finding ways to improve and hone their execution, even against teams at the bottom of the table.
The Rams handled winless Moorcroft Wolves Friday in their 2013 homecoming game, 55-20, improving to 6-1 on the year and staying in the hunt for playoff homefield advantage.
Seniors Connor McCafferty and Colter Carzoli had workman-like stellar days, with the QB accounting for five total touchdowns and the halfback/linebacker adding three of his own, including a pick six.
Next week, the Rams host Tongue River in a game which should provide more of a challenge, and head coach Michael McGuire wants his team to use these final two weeks of the season for the same thing they’ve used all their other games: to improve.
“We were a little flat, they (Moorcroft) do a lot of different things, they’re searching for what they want to do so you never know what you’re going to get from them. They kind of threw us off with some of their fronts and different things, but we’ve got to do a better job of just sticking with what our roles are and just executing. Our execution wasn’t up to par today.”
The Rams win was never in question, and two defensive touchdowns helped make the score a 50-point blowout by early in the second half. Senior lineman Miles Novak read a screen pass and returned it 19 yards to put his team up 21-0 late in the first quarter.
A fumble disrupted the Rams rhythm in the second quarter as the Wolves capitalized and found the end zone, but McCafferty would push his team down the field, punching in a 10-yard keeper to earn a 35-6 halftime advantage.
Out of the half, the Rams scored three times in six minutes, capped by a Carzoli pick six from 34 yards out to make the score 55-6. Two garbage time touchdowns from the Wolves evened the final tally.
“We had a couple guys out that usually play some pretty good minutes for us, but other guys have to step up,” McGuire said. The Rams two wins last week over 2A East contenders Glenrock and Wheatland were big, but no doubt tiring as they were played within four days of eachother due to weather reschedules.
“No matter who goes down the next guy has got to be ready to play,” McGuire added, “and those were guys we knew were going to be out. I think the kids stepped in and played well; Philip McCalister and Christian Iberlin both ran the ball hard for us and did a good job in the backfield. They took a little pressure off Colter.”
While McGuire said there is never a problem getting the guys amped up for a game against Tongue River, there were things he wanted to clean up in the week of preparation before their final home game.
“Our exectution, we can really focus on that, our tempo, there is a lot of in-game situation-type stuff we can still really improve on, and that’s what we’ll continue to try and do,” he said.
The Rams have surpassed 50 points in all of their three home games this season, and McCafferty has scored five times in each contest. He tossed a professional 7-11 for 141 yards with no interceptions and four scores, two to Deven Ibach, one each to Ryan Kobielusz and Carzoli.
The senior QB usually wears No. 9 jersey, but wore No. 19 Friday in memory of Justin O’Dell.
The Rams and Eagles play at 1 p.m. Friday in Big Horn.
McCafferty pass to Ibach, 7-0 BH (after Kobielusz interception)
Carzoli 44-yard run, 14-0 BH
Novak 19-yard INT return, 21-0 BH
McCafferty 20-yard pass to Ibach, 28-0 BH
Moorcroft 1-yd run, 28-6 BH
McCafferty 10-yard run, 35-6 BH
McCafferty pass to Kobeilusz, 42-6 BH
McCafferty 28-yard pass to Carzoli, 49-6 BH
Carzoli 34-yard INT return, 55-6 BH
Moorcroft 8-yard pass, 55-12
Moorcroft 1-yard run, 2 pt-conversion good, 55-20
Team Totals Moorcroft-Big Horn
First downs 11-7
Yards per carry 5.4-1.9
Passing yards 141-114
Total plays 48-62
Total offense 342-178
Return yards 60-0
Passing: C. McCafferty 7-11, 141 yards 4 TDs; Colton Richter 11-29 114 yards, 3 INT, 1 TD
Rushing: C. Carzoli 9-118 yards, McCafferty 6-33, Iberlin 6-18, Philip McCalister 9-22, Christian Mayer 2-43, Tanner Warder 2-7, Max Lube 1—4
Receiving: Seth Kite 1-43, Mayer 1-24, Carzoli 1-28-1TD, Ibach 2-24-2TD, Kobielusz 2-22-1TD