Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Akron Living Up To The Hype

Akron Living Up To The Hype

Written by: Jesse Horne , Sports Reporter

Akron had no problem living up to the hype. The Rams remain undefeated after Friday's 33-0 rout of Lyons, coach Brian Christensen sounded more reserved.

"I think there's a lot out there still to be determined, even still in our own league," he said. "It's going to be hard to figure out who is all in, but the only thing we can worry about is the next two weeks and getting better."

Better? They've now outscored their opponents by a combined 247-23 and still having allowed just two offensive touchdowns all season.

The Rams were led offensively by Joe McKay, with 110 yards and two rushing touchdowns. However, it was his 60-yard punt return for a touchdown which may have broke the Lions' back.

Adding to Friday's game was a severe case of fog which hung over the field. Christensen said the adverse weather did factor into his game plan.

"That was something we stressed right off the bat," he said. "The grass was slick, the ball was wet and any turnovers could've changed the whole game around."

Akron should reach the postseason unscathed as their last two opponents – Wiggins and Front Range – have a combined 3-11 overall record. After Friday's win over the Lyons, it'd be hard not to anoint the Rams as favorites to win another 1A title.

But, some players may be beginning to taste some excitement for a potential repeat.

"If we play at our highest level, I think we can do it," Akron's Mick Strand said. "There are usually four or five teams that usually have a chance, but we have a pretty good chance, too."

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