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By Lee Hughes
Staff reporter 

Cardinals get rocked and rolled by Rams


Last updated 10/24/2019 at 2:26pm

CHATTAROY — The Medical Lake Cardinal football squad took another beating on Friday, Oct. 18, this time by the Riverside Rams (3-2, 5-2) in a 61-14 road loss.

The Cardinal defense was unable to stop the Rams, who amassed 242 rushing yards in 39 carries, scoring 34 points — all but one of the Ram touchdowns were on the ground — before junior quarterback Ashton Hamilton-Becker found senior Jordan Peterson on an 18 yard pass in the final seconds of the first half.

Medical Lake allowed another Ram touchdown from 26 yards out before they answered with their own, again on a Hamilton-Becker, Peterson pass combo from the five yard line with a two-point conversion on a Hamilton-Becker run.

But that was it for the Cardinal offense, as the Rams continued pushing their devastating ground game through Medical Lake’s defense, mixing up their runners — 12 different rushers, six of them scoring touchdowns — who drove in another 27 points in the second half.

While Medical Lake was forced to punt five times, the Rams had an easy night of it, punting only once.

Senior Mason Hammond, back from an injury that kept him out of the previous game against Newport, led the Cardinals in rushing with two carries for 10 yards. He was followed by senior Brandon Giles who went 5-8 and quarterback Hamilton-Becker who scrambled on 10 carries for seven yards.

Peterson led in receiving with eight catches for 101 yards, followed by sophomore Joe Griffey who went 3 for 3; seniors Kaleb Vinson went 4 for 23 and Kolby Wren 2 for 20. Hammond went 1 for 3.

Hamilton-Becker was 18 for 36 for 182 passing yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

The Cardinals will next line-up across from the visiting Colville Indians (3-1, 3-4), who are in a race for second place with Freeman (3-1, 3-4) in the Northeast A League, tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m. at home. The regular season winds down with their final game against No. 1 seed Deer Park on Nov. 1 at home.

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