Rampart runs through Liberty in season opener

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Photo - Rampart's Jackson Beale gives a thumbs up as he score against Liberty on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at District 20 Stadium.  Photo by Spotlight Sports Photography.
Rampart's Jackson Beale gives a thumbs up as he score against Liberty on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at District 20 Stadium. Photo by Spotlight Sports Photography.

Rampart's offensive line is one defenses will need to be wary of. The Rams made that clear at District 20 Stadium on Saturday.

Behind that line, the offense rushed for 418 yards and six touchdowns - 290 of those yards and five of those TDs in the first half - as the Rams routed Liberty 42-14 in both teams' season openers.

Jackson Beale rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. He scored on runs of 3 and 10 yards.

"I think the guys on the O-line did a great job," said Beale, who finished with 113 yards on 16 carries. "They opened everything. . They went powerful, destroyed the D-line, the linebackers, and let me get to the third level against the safeties."

After an ugly opening drive in which Rampart's quarterback and center botched two of the first three snaps, the Rams (1-0) settled down. They scored on their next five drives.

Thirteen players carried the ball for Rampart. It didn't matter which one rushed, the line made sure there was a hole to run through.

"As long as we grade the road for whoever's back there, it doesn't matter who's back there," offensive lineman Jonathan Kitazono said.

Keion Cross, in at quarterback in a specialized formation, took his first snap 65 yards to open the scoring.

Xavier Bishop-Falu didn't rush the ball in the first half. In the second half, he carried five times for 73 yards, including a 43-yard touchdown to finish the scoring. He was one of four Rams to rush for at least 70 yards.

"They (offensive linemen) are our strength," Rams coach Rob Royer said. "Sometimes those holes are easy to run through when they're that big. I'm real proud of those kids up front."

Liberty (0-1) tried to rally late in the first half, answering Rampart's first scoring drive before using a two-play drive near the end of the half to cut the lead to 35-14 at the break.

Ryan O'Connell caught both of Liberty's touchdowns on passes from Trevor Halverson.

It didn't help that Liberty was missing four of its 14 listed seniors, an issue coach Marc Sites said was an internal matter.

The Lancers, who won last year's matchup between the two for the first time in program history, were shut out in the second half.

"They're big and physical," Sites said. "They ran the ball on us all night. Anytime you're having trouble stopping the run, it makes them really, really difficult."