UPPER SANDUSKY - Upper Sandusky coach Jake Moyer said it's all new to the Rams.
A 6-0 record. A 3-0 North Central Conference mark. Beating Wynford for the first time since 2004.
"We're venturing into unknown territory for these kids, mentally and emotionally," Moyer said. "Upper's been so bad for so long, and I don't mean that in a pejorative way. They're not quite sure how to act or react."
Imagine how they'd react if Moyer asked them to define "pejorative."
But regardless, the Rams are responding the best way: winning, and winning in dominating fashion.
Minutes after Upper Sandusky's punishing 26-0 win over the Royals, Wynford coach Gabe Helbert was candid about the loss that dropped his squad to 3-3.
"We got physically dominated," Helbert said. "We got physically dominated by an Upper Sandusky team. That's period; the end.
"You know what, it's a long time coming for some teams in this area," Helbert said. "You know what, they physically kicked our butts."
It was not an evening of gaudy numbers on either side. A steady rain fostered a delay that pushed the contest's start back nearly an hour. But the Rams' defense came out strong and stayed that way, holding the Royals to just 81 total yards.
Moyer said it was "very unusual" to shut out Wynford.
"I think the conditions helped us a little bit," he said.
Wynford's standout running back, Corey Brown, was limited to just 32 yards on eight carries. Quarterback Brock Williamson completed just four passes for 50 yards.
Rams' defensive lineman Dylan Robertson made a number of big plays. He sacked Williamson twice and tackled the Royals punter after a dropped snap, which led to the Rams' first score.
"Our defensive line did a tremendous job tonight, both against the run and the pass," Moyer said. "Coach Russell Hall coaches the defensive line. He's very dedicated and does a great job with them. You know, I give him a lot of the credit, along with the hard work the kids put in."
It was another strong game for Rams quarterback/linebacker Tylor Pritchard, even if his offensive numbers don't reflect it. He ran for 53 yards and passed for 95, but did run in a pair of touchdowns and ran for a two-point conversion twice. He also threw an 8-yard TD pass to Alex Kenner.