Rams Continue Their Winning Streak


Fordham football players prepare for the next play. (LYDIA BENNER/ THE OBSERVER)


The Rams took care of business on Saturday against the Lafayette College Leopards as they routed their opponents 35-7. The victory was greatly due to an electrifying performance on the ground by Fordham running back Chase Edmonds alongside stout and disciplined defensive play.

Unlike last week where the offense relied on the arm of Kevin Anderson and the passing game to tear apart their opponent, the Rams instead put their faith in the legs of Chase Edmonds. Their faith was rewarded; Edmonds set a personal career-high as he ran for a whopping 234 yards on the ground in addition to scoring two touchdowns. No. 22 Edmonds, or Duece-dueceas his teammates call him, combined his lighting speed and agility behind a tough Fordham offensive line for several long runs that demoralized the Leopards defense.

Despite their dominance throughout the game, the Rams were off to a murky start after fumbling the opening kickoff and falling behind 7-0 after the Leopards went into the end zone for a go-ahead score in the first quarter. Nevertheless, the offense rallied back after linebacker Stephen Hodge blocked a Lafayette field goal kick on a heads up play that allowed Kevin Anderson and the offense to retaliate with a touchdown strike to Phazahn Odom that tied up the game 7-7 in the first quarter.

From that point on, the Rams rolled to victory via an astounding 35 unanswered points. The defense was crucial in stifling any further Leopard attempts at scoring as JQ Bowers alongside Hodge blocked consecutive field goal tries and Noah Fitzgerald snagged a clinching interception in the waning moments of the fourth quarter, eliminating any chance of a Lafayette comeback.

As the Rams ran ahead, the Anderson to Caddle connection returned as the quarterback tossed a 71 yard bomb to his trusted receiver that put the game out of reach at 28-7. With the overall impressive victory, the Fordham Rams now sit 4-1 in their division and 1-0 against Patriot League opponents. As of now, they are firing on all cylinders: their offense, defense, and special teams are all playing excellent football.

That Rams hope to keep the victory streak alive next Saturday, October 10, as they travel to Philadelphia, to face the University of Pennsylvania Quakers on Franklin Field at 1:00 p.m.