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RMS football team cruises past Curry, 28-8

By Staff
Mike Self FCT Sports Editor
Darrian Graham scored three long touchdowns and the Russellville defense forced four turnovers on Tuesday as the RMS football team improved to 3-1 with a 28-8 win at Curry.
Graham, a wide receiver, got things started on Russellville's first play from scrimmage with a 59-yard touchdown run on an end-around. He later caught touchdown passes of 46 and 65 yards from quarterback T.J. Lindsey.
Last week it was running back Antoine Suggs who scored three touchdowns in a win over Muscle Shoals, but Graham showed on Tuesday that Russellville is anything but a one-man show.
"We have a lot of weapons on offense," RMS coach Jeff Madden said. "Darrian really stole the show this week, but we had a lot of guys step up and make big plays when we needed them to."
In addition to forcing four turnovers, the Russellville defense also came up with two critical stops inside their own 10-yard line in the second quarter.
Adam Kalmbach recovered a fumble at the Russellville 2-yard line to thwart one Curry drive.
"Those goal-line stands really hurt them," Madden said. "Our defense played awesome. Curry had an excellent quarterback with a strong arm, and they had a lot of good athletes. It was a good challenge for us, but our defense came through."
Graham's early touchdown run gave Russellville a 6-0 lead, and the defense took over for the rest of the first half.
Ramon Hernandez picked off a Curry pass in the second quarter, and Kalmbach's fumble recovery ensured that the score remained 6-0 at the half.
Russellville's offense got going again on the opening drive of the third quarter as Lindsey hooked up with Graham on a 46-yard touchdown pass.
Suggs scored on the two-point conversion attempt to make it 14-0.
John Alex Foster had a key 15-yard reception on third-and-eight to keep the drive alive.
Curry briefly threatened late in the third quarter, recovering a Russellville fumble and then scoring on a 10-yard pass. The two-point conversion attempt was good and cut the lead to 14-8.
On the very next play from scrimmage, Lindsey connected with Graham again on a 65-yard scoring pass to make it 20-8 heading into the fourth quarter.
A fumble recovery by Kasey Herring set up Russellville's final touchdown, a 24-yard by Adonis Robinson. Jacob Franks scored on the two-point attempt, making the final score 28-8.
Russellville will return to action on Tuesday at home against Deshler.
"Deshler will be tough," Madden said. "They're always tough. Our guys will have to come out and play well."

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