Monday, June 26, 2017 This Week's Paper

Fast start lifts Wilson past Foss

With an opportunistic defense and a healthy Devon Phillips, the Wilson Rams are hoping to make a late-season run to a playoff spot. The Rams got three turnovers and scored three touchdowns in the first quarter on the way to a 39-14 win over Foss on Oct. 12, as Phillips led the way with 20 carries for 194 yards and four touchdowns.

Jake Ferris recovered a fumble on the second play of the game for the Rams, and Phillips scored on a 10-yard sweep around the right side four plays later to make it 7-0. Wilson then stopped a fake punt on Foss’ next possession, and Phillips capped off another drive with an 11-yard score to make it 14-0 halfway through the first quarter. “We just kept running to the outside,” Phillips said. “That was killing them, really. That’s all we really did.”

Rickey Perry intercepted Foss quarterback Nick Burton on the second play of the next drive, and Wilson quarterback Moses Lewis hit Santana Johnson for a 25-yard touchdown to put the Rams up 20-0 after one quarter. “We were shooting ourselves in the foot a little bit with turnovers,” said Foss head coach Pat Johnson. “Our kids work really hard, and they never quit on us ever.”

Backup quarterback Omar Morris finally got the Falcons on the scoreboard late in the half, engineering a 10-play, 90-yard drive and capping it with a seven-yard touchdown run to make it 20-6. But Phillips was in the end zone five plays later for Wilson, scoring on another 10-yard run to make it 26-6 at the half. Lewis hit Connor Patterson for a 41-yard touchdown on Wilson’s second drive of the second half, and Phillips’ fourth score – from 11 yards out early in the fourth quarter – put the game out of reach at 39-6. Still, despite the big lead, Wilson coach Don Clegg was not completely pleased with the effort. “We have a tendency to relax, and we have some penalties,” Clegg said, also referencing the two red zone turnovers. “We didn’t do well in the red zone tonight. We’ve got to look at that. But at least we won.”

The Falcons’ Baacari Kiner provided the final margin, scoring on a three-yard plunge late in the fourth quarter. Lewis finished 8-for-13 for 142 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception for the Rams. Morris was 7-for-15 for 112 yards for Foss, while adding 10 carries for 38 yards and a touchdown. With the win, Wilson improves to 2-3 in the Narrows 3A, with a big matchup at Lincoln on Oct. 19 with a playoff spot likely at stake.

“Lincoln has a lot of weapons, (they’re) quick,” Clegg said. “They play really well defensively at times. We’ve got to play our best game.”

By Jeremy Helling