Tobias, Snyder, and Ripka Lead Rams To First Round Victory
Written by: Tristan Klinefelter on Sunday, November 4th, 2018
The Penns Valley Rams hosted the Southern Huntingdon Rockets in the first round of district 6 AA playoffs. Tonight there was a three-headed attack in junior quarterback Aaron Tobias, junior tight end Logan Snyder, and senior back Ryan Ripka. Tobias led the night with 273 passing yards with two touchdowns along with 80 yards on the ground and a short 1-yard touchdown run. Tobias sparked the Rams offense late in the third quarter when he found Snyder for a huge pass for 86 yards. This 86-yard pass was just a part of Snyders 13 catches for 185 yards. Last but not least, senior Ryan Ripka had 163 yards on the ground with 3 touchdowns in which one came late in the fourth quarter to seal the Rams 42-27 first round victory. After the game, I spoke with Ripka and he had just one thing to say: ” We haven’t been here for 11 years, it feels pretty good. I want to thank the team, my lineman. We got it together in the second half and pushed forward”.
Tonight’s game started out quick for the Rams. The first drive of the game was ended with a Tobias 1-yard sneak into the end zone putting the Rams up 6. The PAT was good making the score 7-0 with 9:29 to go in the first quarter. The Rockets struggled their first series to find a groove resulting in a punt. However, a Rams turnover gave the ball to the Rockets with momentum. A few plays later Rockets quarterback Scott Garlock found receiver Colby Varner for a 41-yard touchdown. The PAT was good making the score 7-7 with 2:00 left in the first quarter.
For the remainder of the first quarter, both teams exchanged drives all resulting in punting the ball away. The first possession the Rams got in the second quarter they converted into points. Ryan Ripka scored his first touchdown of the night on a 3-yard rush. The PAT was good making the score 14-7 Rams with 9:51 to go in the half. Southern Huntingdon answered right back with a drive of their own. Running back Kendral Marino took the ball from 14-yards out. The PAT was good making the score 14-14 with 7:35 to go in the half.
The following drive Tobias scampered down the sideline for a huge 52 yard gain but in the end, was called back due to a penalty. Later into the quarter Rockets had a huge 33-yard touchdown by running back Eric Patton. The PAT was good giving the Rockets their first lead of the night 21-14 with 4:02 left to go in the half. The Rams could not counter as the following drive they were stopped in the red zone.
The beginning of the second half started slowly for both teams. The first bit of action came when Brennan Hyde came up with a huge interception with 6:39 to go in the third. This seemed to be a key turning point for the Rams as from here they never looked back. After the pick, the Rams drove right down the field and was finished off with Ripka’s second touchdown of the night from 6-yards out. The PAT was missed making the score 21-20 Rockets.
The Rams defense held the Rockets following drive and was given the ball at their own 9-yard line. The following play Tobias hit Snyder for a huge 86-yard gain down to the Rockets 14-yard line. This drive would go right into the beginning of the fourth quarter as two plays in Snyder finishes the drive as Tobias finds him from 2-yards out. The two-point conversion was good giving the Rams a 28-21 lead.
Later into the fourth quarter, Ripka took his third touchdown of the night in from 17-yards out. This gave the Rams a 35-21 lead after the PAT. The Rockets could not find a groove like they had in the first half. To end the game both teams exchanged touchdowns. Tobias hit receiver Cole Breon for a 5-yard touchdown with 2:05 left to go. And Rockets quarterback Scott Garlock found Mason Smith from 17-yards out with 1:32 left to go. These two plays would bring the final score of the night to 42-27 Rams victory. The Rams will face off against the number one seeded Richland Rams next week as unfortunately, the Southern Huntingdon Rockets season comes to an end.
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