By Jerry Powers
By Jerry Powers
Special to the Herald Democrat
BELLS — Now that S&S has clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 1998 and only the second time in school history, the Rams now have their sights set on claiming the first district title in school history.
Wyatt Maher ran for 114 yards and four touchdowns on 11 carries as S&S defeated Bells, 56-14, in District 7-2A (II) action on Friday night.
The victory sets up a first-place clash with defending district champion Gunter on Friday with the winner controlling its destiny for the top spot.
The Rams (8-0, 3-0) scored 28 points in the first quarter behind a pair of touchdowns by Willie Winborne in the first four minutes, followed by a Trenton Nolan TD run and a seven-yard touchdown pass from Reed Collum to Blake Kolhoff with 1:43 remaining in the quarter. S&S did all that scoring on just 17 plays.
Collum completed six-of-eight passes for 113 yards. Nolan had four catches for 63 yards.
Maher scored his first two touchdowns in the second quarter as S&S took a 42-0 half-time lead. He had his third in the middle of the third quarter and then finished the Rams’ scoring less than two minutes into the fourth quarter.
Noah Straw got the Panthers (1-7, 0-3) on the board late in the third quarter with a 58-yard run and with just over a minute remaining in the game Straw connected with Weston Russell on a 31-yard touchdown pass.
Despite the loss, Bells can still make the playoffs if it beats Whitewright and Tom Bean to close out the season.