Kicker Trey Babb arrives just in time to boot Rampart to win

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Photo - The Rampart Rams hosted the Liberty Lancers on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at District 20 Stadium.  Photo by Spotlight Sports Photography.
The Rampart Rams hosted the Liberty Lancers on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at District 20 Stadium. Photo by Spotlight Sports Photography.

Rampart kicker Trey Babb may not have had the right jersey on or even the correct socks, but when needed most, his right leg's aim was true.

The senior booted a 26-yard field goal with 5.4 seconds left to lift the Rams past perennial state football power Monarch, 21-18, on Thursday night.

Babb, a center midfielder for the 4A Rams boys' soccer team, was late for the football game, hurrying into District 20 Stadium during the fourth quarter as the Rams battled the Coyotes.

The Rams fell 4-2 to top-ranked Cheyenne Mountain in soccer earlier in the evening, so bouncing back with his first game-winner in football was a good consolation prize.

"Absolutely," Babb said. "I'm feeling pretty good right now."

Monarch tried to ice Babb with consecutive timeouts as he lined up, but to no avail.

"It was sort of funny, them thinking they could ice me," he said. "This is a big-time win for us. That's a good team we beat over there."

Rams coach Rob Royer couldn't say enough good things about Babb's clutch performance.

"They call consecutive timeouts and he says, 'No way you're icing me. I still have my soccer socks on,'" Royer said. "Trey hustled here, saw we needed him, grabbed the first jersey he could find and then he goes out and gets the game-winner. Could anyone write it any better? I am so proud of him and our team."

Both squads made clutch plays with Monarch converting two fourth downs, including a TD pass on fourth-and-5with 5:50 left to tie the game at 18 on a throw by quarterback Stone MacIntyre to receiver Easton Hall.

Both teams' defenses then rose up and exchanged stops before the Pikes Peak 4A No. 3 Rams (2-1) got the ball at their own 32 with 2:17 left to begin the winning drive.

Later, junior Keion Cross popped free for 25 yards down to the Monarch 25. That was followed by a 12-yard rumble by Rams leading rusher Xavier Bishop-Falu (122 yards, one TD) to the Coyotes' 12 with 36.7 seconds remaining.

Bishop-Falu then advanced the ball another four yards to line up the winning kick.

"Xavy does a great job," Royer said. "His vision has gotten so much better. He took advantage of our blockers.

"I am especially proud of our linemen, who played both ways, and got a result like this against a program and coaching staff like Monarch. That's a real good program (2002, 2012 state champs) we beat tonight."

Without their kickers available, neither team attempted a PAT, leading to a 12-12 deadlock at halftime and preventing either team from pulling away until the game-winner by Babb.