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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Rose Bud grounds Eagles

  • Rose Bud defeated Conway Christian in 33-20 victory
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  • Rose Bud runs a spread offense, which has a tendency to force defenders to make plays in space against its best athletes. Many fans think of passing when the spread offense is mentioned. That certainly hasn't been the case with the Ramblers, who used their ground attack to churn out nearly 500 yards in Friday's 33-20 victory over the Conway Christian Eagles.
    The Ramblers' junior tandem of running back Cole Robertson and quarterback Christian Reynolds rolled up 492 yards rushing as the Ramblers outscored the Eagles 23-13 in the second half.
    Robertson ran 35 times for 264 yards and two scores, while Reynolds carried 20 times for 228 yards and a touchdown. Reynolds, who also completed 9-of-15 passes for 102 yards and two touchdown passes ¬ a 12-yarder to senior receiver Dillon Reesnes and a 10-yarder to senior receiver Spencer Starkey.
    Rose Bud had a prime opportunity go down the drain with a fumble near the goal-line in the first half. Playing in wet conditions, the Ramblers also lost a fumble on their next offensive snap but Rose Bud's defense bowed up for a second consecutive time.
    With the score tied 7-7 at halftime, Rose Bud Coach Steve Rose said his team discussed ball security in the locker room. “We didn't really change anything we were doing. We just talked about protecting the ball and cleaning up what we weren't doing right. We had a couple of penalties that were costly and things like that.
    “We talked about cleaning it up and playing with a little more intensity. Defensively, we didn't really make any adjustments. Offensively, we committed to running the ball a little more.”
    Rose Bud took a 14-7 lead in the second half on a 4-yard run from Robertson and never looked back. Reynolds added a 43-yard scamper for six and Robertson scored again as the Ramblers opened up a 27-7 lead.
    After Starkey's touchdown catch, the Eagles, who dropped to 2-1 overall, scored with 50 seconds remaining to set the final at 33-20. Robertson led the Ramblers' defense with nine tackles and senior linebacker Osiris Jauregui added eight.
    Rose Bud (2-0) visits Barton (3-0) for its 2-3A conference opener on Friday at 7 p.m. “We feel like going in we can definitely win and compete against them. They are very, very fast,” Rose emphasized. “That's always a concern bottling up their speed. We've got to keep them contained.”
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