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Rams smash Mavericks

Oct 01, 2022 12:00AM ● By By Shaun Holkko, sports editor

Casa Roble senior running back Josh Taylor breaks away for a touchdown during a 70-0 win at Mesa Verde on Friday, September 30 in Citrus Heights. Photo by Tim Engle

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CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Casa Roble blasted into Golden Empire League (GEL) play Friday night, beating Mesa Verde 70-0 on the road at San Juan High School.

The Rams (5-1, 1-0 GEL) have now won five games in a row and outscored their opponents 170-13 combined over the past three games. The Mavericks (5-1, 0-1 GEL) were undefeated coming into the game.

Casa scored 21 points in the first quarter, 28 in the second, 14 in the third and seven in the fourth to ultimately win by 10 touchdowns.

“The boys came ready to play on Friday,” Casa coach Chris Horner told the Messenger Publishing Group. “Offense was firing on all cylinders and defense came out and swarmed the ball carriers and caused some turnovers. They put it out of reach early and everybody got to play. Those are always the best games when we get out healthy and everybody contributes.”

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Senior running back Josh Taylor led the way on the ground for the Rams with five carries for 165 yards and three touchdowns. Junior wide receiver Cole Owens had a game-high seven receptions for 155 yards and three scores.

On defense, four Rams recorded tackles in the double-digits. Junior outside linebacker Evan Combs tallied a game-high 15 tackles with five of them being solo and four for a loss. Senior defensive end Garrett Cavalli, junior safety Dylan Richards and junior OLB Daniel Renner had 11 tackles each.

Casa got after Mesa Verde senior quarterback Samuel Perez all night, sacking him 19 times. Combs led the way once again, with four. 10 Rams recorded at least one sack. Renner and Cavalli each forced and recovered a fumble, respectively. On special teams, junior kicker Kevin Curry nailed all 10 of his point after attempts.

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Next up, Casa returns home this Friday, October 7, for homecoming against Rio Linda (2-4, 0-1 GEL) at 7 p.m.

Additional reporting by MaryAnne Povey