CINCINNATI -The Badin Rams spoiled Purcell Marian’s Homecoming night at Walnut Hills Athletic Complex, beating the Cavaliers 41-8 on Friday night. Both teams got off to a slow start, having issues moving the ball up the field before Badin would take control of the game.
The Rams used their running game to their advantage on the next six of eight plays. Running back Alex Delong and quarterback Zach Switzer led those runs, with Switzer running up the middle for the score. On Badin’s next possession, running back, Delong ran through four Cavalier arm tackles before diving to the end-zone for the 11-yard score. The Rams scored on their third possession of the quarter when Switzer rolled out to his left, to find receiver Marshall Flaig streaking down the sideline for a 24-yard touchdown pass.
Badin led at the half 20-0, possessing the ball a total of 15 minutes compared to eight minutes’ total for the Cavaliers. The Cavaliers offense struggled to find their rhythm on offense, with a stifling Badin defense only allowing an average of 1.8 yards per play. The Cavaliers offense struggles took a turn for the worse when starting quarterback Zack Hoover was knocked out of the game with 3:43 left in the first quarter. Sophomore quarterback Jaron Kelley relieved the injured Hoover for the duration of the game. Kelley finished the game going 11/20 for 84 yards leading the Cavaliers to their only score late in the fourth quarter. Badin was able to control the game throughout and dominate possession. The Rams scored 28 more points in the second half on the strength of 252 yards rushing led by Delong who had a 113 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown.
“We did a good job running the ball, I think what we’ve done with our offense spreading some people out a bit, has opens up some runs,” said Badin Head Coach Nick Yordy.