PREP FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: West Point falls in opening round at No. 2 Ramsay 50-0

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West Point’s Parker Marks (12) sprints past a defender during the Warriors’ 50-0 loss at Ramsay Thursday night. (Martha Needham/The Cullman Tribune)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The West Point Warriors traveled to Birmingham Thursday night to battle No. 2 Ramsay at Legion Field and the Rams were in control from the opening whistle. Ramsay built a 28-0 lead in the first quarter, stretched it to 50-0 by halftime and cruised in the second half on its way to a 50-0 win over the Warriors.

The Rams took just two plays to score on their opening possession and take a 7-0 lead. The Warriors responded with a nice-looking drive on the ensuing possession but on third and long, Ramsay intercepted a pass and took it back 45 yards for a touchdown, making it a 14-0 game with just under eight minutes to play in the first quarter. A 4-yard touchdown pass extended the lead to 21-0 later in the first and just before the end of the period, the Rams returned a punt 65 yards for another score to make it a 28-0 game going into the second quarter.

A 28-yard touchdown run extended the lead to 34-0 early in the second quarter and on the next West Point possession, a safety tacked on two more points for Ramsay and put the Rams in front 36-0. A 13-yard touchdown run gave Ramsay a 43-0 lead midway through the second and the Rams found the end zone one more time just before the end of the half to make it a 50-0 game at the break.

With the clock running in the second half, neither team was able to get any more points on the board and West Point’ season came to an end at Legion Field with a 50-0 loss to Ramsay.

The Warriors will lose several key players to graduation in May but after earning their first playoff berth in three seasons, West Point will look to build on that momentum going into next year.

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