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Rams split season openers in Reno

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There was nothing to look at but the back of Brad “Monkey” Rye’s jersey as the Pee Wees scored against Reno on Saturday.
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The North Tahoe Rams Pee Wees are off to a hot start after earning a 7-0 win at Reno North on Saturday.

From the opening kickoff, the Rams exercised firm ball control behind center and team captain Felix Gramanz and his strong corps of offensive linemen that included Jack Reber, Brock Harrizon, Alfredo Gomez, Ben Trujillo, Fernando Perez, Jose Perez and Richard Baker. That allowed the Rams backfield to march down the field and open up their passing game.

The initial Rams drive ended on a short pass from quarterback Dylan Cleary to all-purpose receiver Brad Rye designed to pick up another first down. But sure-handed and fleet-footed Rye was not to be contented with simply moving the chains. Breaking two tackles, he cut back and forth through the Reno defense for 25 more yards and an early touchdown. 

The Rams converted with running back Jeffery “J-Train” Snyder’s blazing run up the middle to make it 7-0.

Three and a half scoreless quarters ensued as the Rams dominant defense refused any Reno progress.

On offense, the Rams exercised a clock-chewing running game, with an amazing performance by running back Joe Wilderman, to wear down the Reno defense, which rose to stop any further Rams scores.

“I’m so proud of our boys,” said Rams head coach Tim Cleary. “They worked hard at practice and showed up on game day ready to play as a team. And they had a blast.”

The Rams Mitey Mites, meanwhile, held their own against a classy and well-coached Reno South team headed by last year’s Jr. Midget Snow Bowl Champion coach Jim Primka.

The highlight of the game for the Rams was a sweep for a first down by Indy Pata that, according to coach Russ Levin, “showed we are moving up the learning curve, and future opponents should be on the lookout for us.”

Added Levin: “They (Reno South) were well prepared, and my team is very new and still kept the game closer than the score. I have a lot of respect for the Reno South Mitey Mite team and their whole organization. Most of my Rams are only 7 years old and all of us are rookies. We learned a lot playing this game. 

“The Reno team was great, and full of kids who were great sportsmen. Despite the loss, I would be happy to play against them every week.”

The Rams Mitey Mites will face Truckee at Truckee Riverview Sports Park on Saturday at noon, while the Rams Pee Wees will host the Douglas Tigers at Incline High School at 5 p.m. Full concessions and Rams sportswear will be available for sale at the home game.

For more info about the NLTPW Rams, including season schedules, go to http://www.northtahoepopwarner.com.