The Rams took the field Saturday at Keansburg High School without their starting running back Doug Ryan, but it didn’t slow down the South River rushing attack.
The visitors pounded their way to 48-6 win over the Titans.
With Ryan limited to crutches and an ankle brace as he watched from the sideline, junior Cyrus Byrd and senior Tyron Suydam led a Rams rushing attack that tallied 302 yards on the ground.
“We played amazing without him. It was awesome, but we’ll be even better when he comes back,” said Byrd.
Byrd finished with 66 yards on eight carries and three touchdowns to go along with Suydam’s 109 yards on 12 carries and three touchdowns. The Rams offense took advantage of great field position in the first half as they started each of their drives from inside Keansburg territory, but missed some opportunities with two turnovers and a missed field goal in the half.
Keansburg’s lone score came with just over a minute left in the half when senior defensive back Yacir James stepped in front of Rams quarterback Nicholas Lepore’s pass to Mark Alston and took it back 101 yards for a Titans touchdown. The point-after attempt failed and the Titans went to the locker room trailing 21-6.
South River started the second half from the Titans 39 as Suydam carried the ball six times on the seven-play drive, capping it off with a 13-yard run to give the Rams a 28-6 lead with 8:26 left in the third. The ensuing Titans drive ended on Nic Vloyanete’s pass being intercepted over the middle, and the Rams capitalized, punching it in on a Cyrus Byrd run two plays later to put the game out of reach at 35-6 midway through the third.
The Rams now improve their record to 3-0 as they get ready to host Shore Regional next Saturday.
“We’re facing an outstanding football club next week,” South River head coach Rich Marchesi said. “We’re home. We need a good week to prepare and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”
The Titans were only able to come up with 60 yards of total offense on the day, and weren’t able to limit their mistakes enough to keep themselves in the game. Keansburg now falls to 0-3 on the season and must begin preparing for a Friday night road game against Dunellen.
“We’re very young. We got a lot of young guys experience today and we got a ton of guys injured,” Keansburg head coach Chris Damian said. “Just the fact that we’re getting more guys reps in these three weeks is a huge positive for us. We have to improve offensively obviously, but most of our injuries were on the offensive side of the ball and that hurt us a little bit today. But you have to give South River a lot of credit they’re an excellent team they’re defense played well and they run the ball right at you.”