Rams to host Midwest in 6-man semifinals

Oct 31, 2012 By Randy Tucker, Sports Writer

There is an old adage in Wyoming prep football: To win in November, you'd better be able to run the ball.

With that in mind no team runs the ball like the unbeaten and top-ranked Dubois Rams this season. The Rams lead the state in rushing in the 6-man division even though they don't have the top rusher in the division.

The Rams also boast the best run defense in 6-man as well, making them a formidable opponent if they can reach the finals on the frozen surface of Jonah Field in windswept Laramie next weekend.

Dubois averages a whopping 11.9 yards per carry with 50 touchdowns on the season. Speed and power dominate the one-two punch of junior Sterling Baker and senior Jesse Hawk in the Rams backfield. Baker provides the power with agile speed as well and leads Dubois with 1,316 yards this season. Baker scored 25 times, including the state's longest run from scrimmage with a 74-yard sprint.

Hawk also broke the thousand yard barrier with 1,060 yards on the season and 19 touchdowns. The fleet-footed Hawk may be the fastest back in all of 6-man football.

The Rams host Midwest at 2 p.m. Friday. Dubois defeated the Oilers 63-30 in a howling windstorm back on opening weekend in September, handing them their only loss in Natrona County this season.

Midwest has a much more balanced running game with four players tallying significant yardage on the ground. Cam Ray paces the Oilers with 569 yards. Eli Rublemanna and Jaelin Miller added 308 and 293 yards, respectively.

Midwest throws the ball a lot more than the Rams and have 23 touchdowns with only six interceptions to their credit.

Midwest is perhaps the most improved team in the division this season suffering their second loss by a single point, 40-39, to two-time defending state champion Snake River in two weeks in Baggs.

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