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October 12th, 2009 by Andrea Olivas
Running Ruckle Hits Season Highs as Rams Rout Lancers
Lots of spirit and plenty of pompoms were on display as the Temple City High School Pep Squad conducted its annual fundraising Pep Clinic for the grades K -8. The clinic consisted of a full week of after-school practices at the high school where girls were grouped by age.
In preparation for the home game against La Salle on Friday, they were taught different cheers and routines and given spirit spreading gear like t-shirts and pompoms to aid them in pumping up the crowd, and before the game the girls were invited to a dinner with their Pep Squad buddies. As the game began, they were brought on to the sidelines where they performed and cheered for the varsity Rams until halftime.
The clinic was organized by the Pep Boosters and their Pep Advisor, Marta Bourjeili and Head Cheer Coach, Carol Chairez. All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the Temple City High School Pep Squad, helping to pay for their equipment and competitions in the coming year.
On the field, David Spratt started the game off for Temple City with a 79-yard touchdown reception within the first two minutes of the game.
“That was a heck of a long throw,” commented Barry Bacon, Temple City High’s baseball coach who was on the sidelines at this game and is a regular at most every TCHS sporting event.
La Salle and Temple City went back and forth exchanging leads. When there was just one second left in the first half, quarterback Justin Smith hit Andrew Anda with a 14-yard touchdown pass to give the Rams at 21-20 lead going into the half.
But the second half would belong to Temple City.
In the third quarter the Rams, starting from their own 8 yard line, mounted an incredible drive of 13 plays that spanned 92 yards. The masterful drive culminated in a touchdown when Andrew Gibson broke into the end zone from the 1 yard line with 2:10 remaining in the 3rd quarter. Later, running back Max Ruckle scored the last of his three touchdowns on the night with an impressive 66-yard run that brought the score to 42-20.
Ruckle rushed for a total of 228 yards on 18 carries, an average of 12.7 yards per carry, a season high for the senior. Quarterback Justin Smith only completed 5 of his 14 passes on the evening, but those completions were still enough to garner 165 yards and three passing touchdowns as he connected to the Andrew Anda – David Spratt – Branden Pultz receiving committee. Smith also rushed the ball nine times himself for a total of 75 yards.
Next week, the Rams will face Rio Hondo league opponent La Canada in a Thursday night game in La Canada. The pivotal matchup will give Temple City a chance to move their 2-2-1 season record back into the positive with a win against the 2-2 Spartans.
– Photo Slideshow by Terry Miller