Rams take on National #1 Manatee tonight at the Ram Bowl
Senior Cord Sandberg leads the USA Today #1 ranked Manatee Hurricanes into the Ram Bowl for the historic rivalry with the RHS Rams.
Coming off of a competitive but ultimately dissapointing loss to 5-A #3 ranked Palmetto Tigers 24-13 last week has taught the Rams a few lessons. The young Rams outgained Palmetto through 4 qtrs and even knocked out starting QB Spencer Atkins and RB Josh Hicks but in the end it was not enough as the Rams fell for the second year in a row to a talented Tiger team that played even better with their backups than with their starters. Did the Rams learn anything last week they can take into this week against the vaunted Hurricanes? HC Todd Johnson thinks so "I am extremly proud of our young men and the way the played last week against a very good opponent. Our guys found out last week they can play with anyone in this area."
Despite the confidence the Rams face a tall task in a Hurricanes team that is coming off of a state championship in 7-A and who's only losses last year were to National Champion Don Bosco Prep out of New Jersey and State Champion and Nationally ranked Our Lady of Good Counsel of Olney Maryland. Both games were decided by a touchdown or less. Senior Cord Sandberg who is committed to Dan Mullen's Mississippi State Bulldogs, reminds many in this state of a certain #15 who played for the Florida Gators and is commonly refered to in the area as "Baby Tebow" and is considered to be one of the top overall QB's in the nation.
Junior Qb Dom Marino and Sophmore Rb Karan Higdon will lead the attack for the Rams after both last week having big games against Palmetto. Despite the 3 turnovers the RHS offense played very well and moved the ball with ease against an Palmetto Tigers team that lost 8 starters on defense from last year's state semi-finalist squad. Higdon carried the football 18 times for 108 yrds and 2 tds and will be the key to the Rams keeping the dangerous Hurricane offense off the field.