The game started with volunteer coach General Chuck Whittington serving as honorary captain for the coin toss before the game. It ended with the Rams earning a 32-21 victory over Grant.
The game was filled with numerous unsportsmanlike and personal foul penalties on both sides, but the ones against the visitors were the more costly of the two.
Rams senior running back Joey Valdivia had 13 rushes for 115 yards and two touchdowns to go along with 1 pass reception for a 19-yard touchdown. Junior Teddy McGraw had a big game with 41 yards on 8 carries and a 20-yard kickoff return. Senior quarterback Ray Beckman was 7 of 13 for 70 yards with one touchdown.
Stephen Burgess led the defense with two fumble recoveries and Defensive End Jimmy Molitor had two sacks. Devon Osburn also had a fumble return and a 50-yard touchdown called back because of a holding penalty. Senior linebacker Kristian Meehan also recovered a fumble and shared a sack with Charlie Risinger.
The booming leg of senior Rams kicker Jon Gurchak started the game with a touchback (one of three in the game for him). Gurchak kicked two field goals of 29 and 32 yards to go with 2 of 4 extra point attempts. Gurchak boomed a perfect 44-yard punt that pinned the Bulldogs down on the 1-yard line thanks to a leaping save by Joey Valdivia.
"The turnovers were the story of the game tonight," said head Central coach Nick Goshe. "We had our share and they had their share. It seems that theirs in the first half really hurt ‘em. We were really able to capitalize on them."
The Rams go to 2-0 on the season and the Bulldogs fell to 1-1.
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