DAYTON– If you had the Badin Rams going to the playoffs after losing their first two games in school history to Talawanda and Ross, I’d like to see where you wrote it down.
After the Rams dominating, 45-14 win over Carroll, the postseason is exactly where they’re heading. Though it isn’t official yet, it’s more likely that’d you win the powerball than the Rams would miss out on week 11.
Badin knew they needed to win one of the last two games to get into the postseason– they didn’t wait for week ten.
A big reason for the 31 point win? A three touchdown performance from one of the Rams’ best.
“What can you say about Josh Hegemann?” said Badin head coach Nick Yordy, as he cracked a smile. “He is a great kid, a great competitor, I’m lucky to have him on our team.”
Hegemann scored three times, in three different ways, and each score was bigger than the last.
Hegemann’s first score gave the Rams the lead.
The Rams knotted the game at seven, then came down and forced Carroll to punt. Carroll’s Steven Chapman booted a low lining kick, which allowed Hegemann to receive the punt in stride. It didn’t take but two steps before the senior broke full speed, and made the Patriots seem like they were in quicksand.
“Our guys did a great job blocking,” said Hegemann. “I don’t think there was a single Carroll player within 15 or 20 yards, they cleared a straight path to the end zone for me.”
The Rams had the 14-7 lead, but they weren’t done yet. With time winding down in the half, Badin knew they could put a dagger in the Patriots by scoring, since the Rams would receive the ball after half.
Zach Switzer connected with Hegeman for anything but an easy score. The senior receiver caught the ball in traffic, shook off one defender, before bumbling and stumbling his way forward and reaching out for the pylon.
“That was a big touchdown before halftime, that put us in a comfortable position,” said Yordy of the touchdown.
The Rams took firm control in the second half, and the one time that vice-grip seemed too loosen, Hegemann came up clutch.
Carroll found the end zone to stop a 38 point run by the Rams, and elected to go for the onside kick– they got it. A big wave of energy suddenly brought life to the Patriot faithful, as they were looking to find a quick score and do it again. A few plays later, Hegemann jumped a route and took an interception to the house.
“They ran the same route two or three times earlier, so I caught on to that tendency,” said the Rams’ star from Friday. “The quarterback underthrew it, so I was able to jump it and take it all the way to the endzone.”
That play cemented the score, and also the running clock.
Though the final score wasn’t the prettiest, it doesn’t display how passionate the Patriots came out on their senior night. They played like their hair was on fire.
Carroll won the toss, and elected to receive. Their first two drives saw them go for it three times, in their own territory. Penalties, and the inability to keep their offense on the field lead to the final tally. Oh, and Badin’s running game.
Following his three touchdown night a week ago, Alex DeLong rushed for 213 yards and two scores.
If the GCL co-ed had the statisticians, and resources the NFL has, they could probably keep track of yards after first-hit, and DeLong would have a high tally in that category.
“The line did a great job like always,” said DeLong. “I just kept going through the holes they were giving me.”
Both of DeLong’s scores came in the second half as the Rams broke the game wide open.
“Our o-line did an incredible job,” said Coach Yordy. “For some of the blitzes they were bringing at us, they did a great job of opening things up for him.”
As mentioned the Rams are heading back to the postseason, for the second consecutive year and the sixth time this decade. For a storied program like Badin, it doesn’t phase them. They’re already looking towards beating their rival, McNick next week.
“I’m proud and happy for these kids, but we talked about it after the game, we are focusing on McNick,” said the Rams head coach.”
The player of the game sang a similar tune.
“It feels great to be able to repeat what we did last year. But we are still trying to prepare for McNick and claim a home playoff spot,” said Hegemann.
Under 20 high schools in Ohio have 24 playoff appearances. The short list includes Moeller, Wyoming, Alter, St. X, Coldwater– amongst others. You can add Badin to the list.