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Clearwater Valley’s Jace “Bubba” Summers ripped several big runs right through the heart of the Wallace defense last Saturday, Sept. 2, but most of CV’s big plays came during the fourth quarter of the Rams’ 50-22 loss at the Kibbie Dome.
As of Wednesday, September 6, 2017
MOSCOW Leading by 16 early, with a long return of the opening kick having set up the first score of the game, Wallace’s passing game hit Clearwater Valley for score after score, making a 50-22 final score.
“I told them before the game, ‘I know you are going to make mistakes, but you’ve got to keep playing hard because we haven’t had enough time togeether,’” Rams head coach Roger Whalen said. “And sure enough, we were in the red zone three or four times during the first half. If we had punched a couple of those in, it would have been a much different outcome, I think. I think we got better. Today was all about getting better and I think we did.”
Running an option offense, the Rams’ most visible gains came on handoffs up the middle against the Miners’ defense. Many of those yards were gained by sophomore Jace Summers, who notched a 45-yard touchdown run a minute before halftime, which trimmed Wallace’s lead to 28-6.
Wallace answered with a passing touchdown with five seconds left in the quarter; the Rams notched another Summers run during the fourth quarter, and struck again on a deep throw late in the game, but Wallace’s passes kept connecting for scores throughout.
“We started to execute late,” Whalen said. “They owned us early, and we had that big-eyed look. But I’m happy with what we did today. We made mistakes, but we knew that would happen. It’s frustrating, but we’re improving.”
Up next, Clearwater Valley (0-1) is set to visit Kamiah at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8.