SPRING MILLS — You can’t lose on homecoming.
You just can’t.
And Cameron Tobias made sure that Penns Valley didn’t drop their fifth straight game of the season on the big night as he led the Rams to 41 straight points in a 41-10 romp against Philipsburg-Osceola on Friday.
Tobias finished the night completing 20 of 30 passes for 264 yards and two scores. He added another touchdown on the ground and shined in the win.
“Really all of the guys did a nice job, I’m really thrilled with the performance of all of them,” Rams coach Martin Tobias said. “Yes, I’m proud of Cameron not only as a coach, but as a dad. I’m proud of the job that he did in handling things and managing things for us. He does a good job, he really does, but it’s because of the guys that are around him that enables him to do that.”
Philipsburg-Osceola struck first, following a muffed punt. In the blink of an eye, the Mounties were in the red zone and looking to take an early lead.
Two consecutive penalties coupled with a tenacious Rams’ defense forced the Mounties to settle for a 42-yard field goal by Nick Boumerhi.
It wasn’t the start that Martin Tobias was looking for, but things could have been much worse against the Mounties (1-5).
“That was really important,” Martin Tobias said. “We had sustained some confidence out of what had happened on the first series and the kids realized that our backs were against the wall. ‘Lets just go out and do what we need to do.’ They buckled down and I was really proud of them.”
Both squads would trade series until the Mounties broke through and found the end zone courtesy of a Curtis Matsko five-yard scamper on a quarterback draw out of the shotgun. That touchdown run at the 4:47 mark of the second quarter would be the last time all night that the Mounties would put points on the board.
On the next Rams’ offensive series, Cameron Tobias orchestrated a 14-play, 76-yard drive that ate up almost the remainder of the half and was capped off by a 15-yard strike to wide receiver Luke Weaver. That score with 31 seconds left in the half gave the Rams’ some momentum heading into the locker room and helped to propel the 41-0 scoring run.
“It was a very big boost to our confidence, to go (into the half) and say that we had put some points on the board,” Martin Tobias said. “We had started to figure some things out and we took it to the next level and we came out the second half. Give the credit to the kids, they made plays. We talk about it all the time, how there are five or six plays in every game that can swing momentum and we had already experienced the five negative plays against us in the first half, so we felt it was time for us to get a couple to bounce our way.”
Less than three minutes into the second half, Tobias connected with receiver Sean Beamesderfer on a pump-and-go wheel route that ended with the wideout raising the ball in the air as he crossed the goal line. The touchdown with 9:09 left in the third quarter, gave the Rams a lead they would not relinquish.
Linebacker Hunter Ilgen would help build the lead less than a minute after Beamesderfer put the Rams ahead. Ilgen grabbed a lackluster pass from Matsko and returned it 24 yards for a touchdown.
The Rams stretched out the margin in the final period. Wyatt Sharp scored on an eight-yard run on the first play of the quarter. Taylor Collison raced 15 yards midway through the period and Cameron Tobias capped the scoring on a 10-yard run with 3:05 left.
Collison led the Rams with 60 yards on nine carries, while Tobias added 59 on eight attempts.
Dustin Shuey had 52 yards rushing on nine carries to pace the Mounties.
The Rams will look to continue their winning ways Oct. 11 when they travel to Bellefonte to take on the winless Raiders. Philipsburg-Osceola plays host to Central.