Sep 4, 2012 - By Randy Tucker, Sports WriterThe Dubois Rams opened the 6-man football regular season with decisive 61-27 win over the Midwest Oilers behind a 28-point fourth quarter. The game was hampered by a driving dust storm for much of the first half.
"You couldn't even see the other sideline," Dubois Head Coach David Trembly said. "The weather was a factor for the opening half. It pretty much shut both offenses down." The Rams were able to sneak in one scoring play through the air just before the storm hit. John Bartlett hit Kyle Tea on a 38-yard strike to open scoring, then it was the ground attack for the remainder of the half.
The weather cleared a bit in the second half, and the Rams were able to run more of their familiar offense. Sterling Baker had an excellent evening with 284 yards on the ground and five rushing touchdowns.
On the defensive side, John Bartlett intercepted a pair of Midwest passes and returned them for scores.
"The kids played a great defensive game," Trembly said.
Dubois built an early 7-0 lead, but Midwest rallied in the second and third periods to close the game to 33-21 entering the final period.
Dubois responded to the Midwest rally in the final period to pull away behind four long scores.
While the Rams' offense concentrated on the running game, the Dubois passing attack was brief but very effective.
Kyle Tea threw the ball twice and completed both passes, one to Baker for 32 yards and the other to Cody Flynn.
Midwest was paced by Cameron Ray with 137 yards on the ground.
This week the Rams have a huge challenge in southern Carbon County against the two-time defending state champion Little Snake River Rattlers.
Dubois lost only two games a season ago, both to Snake River. The first was at home, and the second came in the state championship game in Laramie.
"We made plenty of mistakes that we'll definitely need to fix. The kids did a great job of fighting it and staying in there," Trembly said.
"I'm anxious to see what we do down at Snake River."
DUBOIS 7 14 12 28 -- 61
MIDWEST 0 7 14 6 -- 27
Dubois - Sterling Baker 17-284, Jesse Hawk 18-77, John Bartlett 1-0
Dubois - Kyle Tea 2-2-0 32 yds, Sterling Baker 1-1-0 38 yds, John Bartlett 0-1
Receiving: Dubois - Kyle Tea 1-38, Sterling Baker 1-32, Cody Flynn 1-0
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